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Volume 12, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 12, 4993–5003, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4993-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 12, 4993–5003, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-4993-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 24 Aug 2015

Research article | 24 Aug 2015

Seagrass meadows as a globally significant carbonate reservoir

I. Mazarrasa et al.

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There has been growing interest in quantifying the capacity of seagrass ecosystems to act as carbon sinks as a natural way of offsetting anthropogenic carbon emissions to the atmosphere. However, most of the efforts have focused on the organic fraction and ignored the inorganic carbon pool. This study offers the first global assessment of PIC stocks and accumulation rates in seagrass sediments, identifying these ecosystems as important contributors to carbonate dynamics in coastal areas.
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