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August 8, 2009: Why study bogs?

Tania writing Bogs have many important roles in ecological systems: transferring carbon and nitrogen from biogenic into geological circulation, taking up CO2 from the atmosphere, and cooling the climate by hydration, among other functions. Despite having a high level of self-restoration, new data shows that 70% of natural bogs have been altered,Alcoa volunteers Alina, Vicky, Fabio  mainly because of drainage due to agriculture, cattle, wood and energy production. This is why we are here: by studying bogs we have the chance to improve approaches to conserving them and using them sustainably.
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