FSU Scientist Joins Global Study Of Decomposing Permafrost
Florida State University oceanographer Jeff Chanton is part of an international team embarking on a new study of permafrost decomposition in arctic Sweden.
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#1 Sep 27, 2010
"There are 1,672 gigatons of carbon stored in the permafrost as soil and peat organic matter," Chanton said. "To put that quantity in perspective, it is three times the amount of carbon found in our atmosphere, which contains 550 gigatons in the form of carbon dioxide. What will happen if all the permafrost thaws, releasing its gigantic store of carbon into the atmosphere?"
A very worrysome problem though to be fair, it might take centuries before we have to worry about 'parts per thousand'.
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