Carbon Sequestration in the Drake Prairie

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Show simple item record Kim, Carol Jurysta, Matthew 2011-04-19T15:05:29Z 2011-04-19T15:05:29Z 2011-04-19T15:05:29Z
dc.description Mentor: David Courard-Hauri ; Kathryn Szramek en_US
dc.description.abstract While land use alterations currently result in the addition of about 2 gigatons of carbon to the atmosphere annually, changes in bioproductivity and soil storage have the potential to serve as an important managed sink as well. Reforestation and afforestation have received the most attention in this regard, but native grasslands, with high short-term production of belowground biomass, may also provide significant sequestration opportunities when compared with agricultural systems and managed turfgrass, although this claim is controversial in the literature. In order to determine whether significant differences in soil carbon content could be observed between a historical turfgrass and restored prairie system, we measured soil carbon levels at sixteen sites in and around Drake’s restored prairie fragment north of Meredith Hall. Soil samples were taken in roughly 15 cm increments to a depth of one meter (where possible), and carbon content was determined through destructive heating. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Drake University, College of Arts & Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2011;32
dc.subject Carbon sequestration en_US
dc.subject Prairie ecology--Iowa--Des Moines en_US
dc.title Carbon Sequestration in the Drake Prairie en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US

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    Poster sessions and presentation from the Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences held each April at Olmsted Center on the Drake campus.

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