Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 13, 3427–3439, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3427-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 3427–3439, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3427-2016

Research article 14 Jun 2016

Research article | 14 Jun 2016

Variability in 14C contents of soil organic matter at the plot and regional scale across climatic and geologic gradients

Tessa Sophia van der Voort et al.

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This study explores heterogeneity in 14C content of soil organic matter (SOM) at different spatial scales and across climatic and geologic gradients, which is essential for a better understanding of SOM stability. Results reveal that despite dissimilar environmental conditions, 14C contents in topsoils is relatively uniform and 14C trends with depth are similar. Plot-scale variability is significant. Statistical analysis found a significant correlation of 14C contents (0–5 cm) and temperature.
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