08 Aug '11, 2am

Unprecedented 2007 Arctic Fire Released 50 Year’s Worth of CO2

Unprecedented 2007 Arctic Fire Released 50 Year’s Worth of CO2

Ecosystem researchers from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the University of Florida assessed 20 MAT (moist acidic tundra) sites one year after the Anaktuvuk River fire (which lasted over two months and burned over 1000 square km / 400 sq miles of tundra). Additionally, 10 unburned sites were assessed for comparison. Based on these assessments, the researchers estimated that the release of carbon was an “amount similar in magnitude to the annual net C sink for the entire Arctic tundra biome averaged over the last quarter of the twentieth century.” (emphasis added).

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2011/08/08/unprecedented-2007-arcti...

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