Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 19, 1675–1689, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1675-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 1675–1689, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1675-2022
Research article
24 Mar 2022
Research article | 24 Mar 2022

Soil geochemistry as a driver of soil organic matter composition: insights from a soil chronosequence

Moritz Mainka et al.

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The largest share of terrestrial carbon is stored in soils, making them highly relevant as regards global change. Yet, the mechanisms governing soil carbon stabilization are not well understood. The present study contributes to a better understanding of these processes. We show that qualitative changes in soil organic matter (SOM) co-vary with alterations of the soil matrix following soil weathering. Hence, the type of SOM that is stabilized in soils might change as soils develop.
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