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Carbon storage in forests

Trees absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through photosynthesis and release oxygen. Based on photosynthesis, every 1 ton of biomass can absorb 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide, and it releases 1.2 tons of oxygen afterwards. Carbon dioxide can be stored in the form of organic carbon in trees, and how much a tree absorbs carbon depends on its living status, species and age, as well as the overall condition of the forest it is in. The tree’s speed of growth and its life cycle affect its carbon-absorbing capabilities, too. A new forest can accumulate carbon dioxide quickly in the first several decades. Afterwards, when the trees are older, such capabilities decrease by the year. 

The carbon in withered leaves and twigs is stored in the forest ground. After decomposition, the carbon dissipates into the air, while other components become organic matters in soil. In fact, the peat layer of temperate forest floors and the organic carbon in soil take up two-thirds of the Earth’s solid carbon - an impressive amount. 
Carbon storage in forests
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