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Soil Carbon

A major component of the terrestrial biosphere pool in the carbon cycle. The amount of carbon in the soil is a function of the historical vegetative cover and productivity, which in turn is dependent in part upon climatic variables. Such as the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon rainforest carbon dioxide facts

  • Amazon is the single most massive carbon sink in the world
  • The Amazon contains about one-tenth of the total carbon stored in land ecosystems
  • Amazon accounts for nearly half of the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from tropical deforestation
  • Tropical rainforest absorbs approximately 4.8 billion tons of carbon annually
  • Amazon consumed approximately 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year
  • Tropical deforestation releases about 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year
  • Amazon rainforest collapse, 26 billion tons of carbon released into the atmosphere = World’s total production of carbon 2.5. years
  • Amazon rainforest drought released 5 billion extra tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the overall impact more than Europe’s + Japan ’s annual carbon dioxide footprint

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