By R.K. Wieder, D.H. Vitt

ISBN-10: 3540319123

ISBN-13: 9783540319122

This can be the 1st actually ecosystem-oriented booklet on peatlands. It adopts an ecosystems method of knowing the world's boreal peatlands. the point of interest is on biogeochemical styles and tactics, construction, decomposition, and peat accumulation, and it presents additional info on animal and fungal variety. A habitual subject matter is the legacy of boreal peatlands as amazing accumulators of carbon as peat over millennia.

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The Postglacial Development of Boreal and Subarctic Peatlands 35 Fig. 4. 2 Permafrost Dynamics Typical landforms for permafrost peatlands in boreal and subarctic regions are palsas and peat plateaus (Sonesson 1968; National Wetlands Working Group 1988; Seppälä 1988; Botch et al. 1995). Permafrost expands southwards to the middle boreal (taiga) forest regions in peatlands of west-central Canada and western Siberia, owing to the cold and relatively dry (thin snow cover) winters. In northern Fennoscandia and Quebec, permafrost landforms appear in the northern taiga and only become more abundant in the forest-tundra ecotone and the tundra region.

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