Articles | Volume 14, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 14, 3445–3459, 2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 3445–3459, 2017

Research article 21 Jul 2017

Research article | 21 Jul 2017

Boreal coniferous forest density leads to significant variations in soil physical and geochemical properties

Carole Bastianelli et al.

Data sets

Soil data : Biogeochemistry analysis - LWvsMF - June2017 C. Bastianelli, A. A. Ali, J. Beguin, Y. Bergeron, P. Grondin, C. Hély, and D. Paré

Short summary
Our analyses showed that soil biogeochemistry could distinguish two forest ecosystems that coexist in Quebec: open lichen woodlands and closed-canopy black spruce–moss forests. Variations in carbon stocks, base cation concentrations and crystallinity of aluminium and iron were related to the different vegetation covers. This research was carried out as a first step to identify geochemical indicators of canopy cover types that could be useful in further palaeoecological studies.
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