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Wildfire Below: Smoldering peat disgorges huge volumes of carbon

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8:48am, November 6, 2002

Once set alight by wildfires, deep beds of decaying tropical plant matter pump massive amounts of carbon into the sky. According to new research, emissions of globe-warming gases from smoldering peat eclipse those from burning surface vegetation and can rival carbon gases produced globally each year by the combustion of fossil fuels.

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