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BG | Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 16, 409–424, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-409-2019
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Biogeosciences, 16, 409–424, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-409-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Research article 25 Jan 2019

Research article | 25 Jan 2019

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of leaves, litter, and soils of various ecosystems along an elevational and land-use gradient at Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Friederike Gerschlauer et al.

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Mount Kilimanjaro is an iconic environmental asset under serious threat due to increasing human pressures and climate change constraints. We studied variations in the stable isotopic composition of carbon and nitrogen in plant, litter, and soil material sampled along a strong land-use and altitudinal gradient. Our results show that, besides management, increasing temperatures in a changing climate may promote carbon and nitrogen losses, thus altering the stability of Kilimanjaro ecosystems.
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