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Soil Core, Yarmouth, MA

September 2022 (approx.)

Detailed Description

The soil core (top) was collected from Bass Creek, Yarmouth, MA, which was restored in 2008. From this soil core, scientists recreated the elevation of the marsh surface over the past 100 years, as well as how quickly elevation changed. The marsh peat also holds clues to the source of the carbon stored over the past century, an important ecosystem service that coastal wetlands provide. Restoring tides to this area brought the return of salt marsh vegetation, and enhanced soil accretion and carbon storage. 


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