In this paper we explore how charcoal physical and chemical properties contribute to greater vulnerability to physical redistribution, relative other forms of organic carbon, to enhance our understanding of charcoal's landscape residence time.
Plain English summary: charcoal is an important natural component of soil organic carbon, and soils with more charcoal tend also to be more productive and richer in carbon. However, there is uncertainty in what causes charcoal to remain in soils. We sampled soils repeatedly after a fire and found that charcoal was especially prone to landscape movement compared to other forms of soil carbon. This suggests that it may be preferentially buried, increasing the likelihood of storage in soils.
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