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Trees and Carbon Dioxide: What Is the True Connection?

R. Philip Bouchard
Sep 24, 2018 · 15 min read
  • Dead biomass, such as fallen leaves or downed trees, decomposes into simpler compounds. (Decomposer organisms play a key role, consuming some of the stored energy while breaking down the organic compounds.)
  • Fire races through a forest, burning the dead forest litter — and in the case of a crown fire, then also consuming parts of living trees.

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