CO2 extraction increased by nitrogen rich rocks

Nitrogen found in rocks can boost tree growth and their ability to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The study into the impact of nitrogen in tree forests in Northern California found carbon storage in tree forests doubled in sites with nitrogen-rich bedrock rather than nitrogen poor rocks.

“We were all stunned when the data showed that the nitrogen in the trees was extremely high in forests that were living on the rocks with high nitrogen,” researcher Scott Morford said.

Nitrogen’s importance to climate studies has been increased as it begins to be included in many climate change models.

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