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Title: PNNL Researchers Collect Permafrost Cores in Alaska

Abstract

Permafrost is ground that is frozen for two or more years. In the Arctic, discontinuous regions of this saturated admixture of soil and rock store a large fraction of the Earth’s carbon – about 1672 petagrams (1672 trillion kilograms). As temperatures increase in the Northern Hemisphere, a lot of that carbon may be released to the atmosphere, making permafrost an important factor to represent accurately in global climate models. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a group led by James C. Stegen periodically extracts permafrost core samples from a site near Fairbanks, Alaska. Back at the lab in southeastern Washington State, they study the cores for levels of microbial activity, carbon fluxes, hydrologic patterns, and other factors that reveal the dynamics of this consequential layer of soil and rock.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1333689
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; PERMAFROST; FAIRBANKS ALASKA; CARBON; MICROBIAL ACTIVITY; CARBON FLUXES; HYDROLOGIC PATTERNS

Citation Formats

. PNNL Researchers Collect Permafrost Cores in Alaska. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
. PNNL Researchers Collect Permafrost Cores in Alaska. United States.
. Wed . "PNNL Researchers Collect Permafrost Cores in Alaska". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1333689.
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