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Peat soils as gigantic batteries

Wetlands are responsible for fifteen to forty per cent of the global methane flux into the atmosphere.
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tubingen describe a process that suppresses the formation of methane in soils that are rich in humic substances. For this process to work, the soils need to switch between having no oxygen and having oxygen.

Wetlands, including peatlands, have a high content of humic substances, which are organic compounds that form during incomplete

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