Massive Siberian peat bogs, widely known as the permanently frozen home of untold kilometers of moss and uncountable hordes of mosquitoes, also are huge repositories for gases that are thought to play an important role in the Earths climate balance, according to newly published research by a team of U.S. and Russian scientists in the Jan. 16 edition of the journal Science.
Those gases, carbon dioxide and methane, are known to trap heat in the Earths atmosphere, but the enormous amounts of the gases contained in the bogs havent previously been accounted for in climate-change models.
The new research, said Laurence Smith, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and a primary author on the paper, could help to refine those materials. Smiths work was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
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