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Boundless Carbon Cycle: Reflection

on January 22, 2013

This weeks article talks about where carbon is found most abundant. Now we all know that carbon can be found in bodies of water, on land or in the air that we breath.  However, the authors of this article seek to bring attention to that fact that inland waters, such as wetlands, ponds,or lakes, carry a great amount of carbon. One of the major contributors of this is climate change. One example the article gives is a storm. A rain storm will wash away soil from the land, which has carbon in it, and carry it to inland waters. These carbon deposits will build up over time and cause the carbon sinks in inland waters to increase. Two approaches to this explanation are the top down and bottom up estimation. The top down estimation describes the balance of carbon in our atmosphere. The inverse model is used to calculate past carbon deposits on land and oceans. It is also used to determine the amount of carbon dioxide is in the air. The downside to this method is that the inverse model is unable to calculate the amount of carbon is in inland waters. The bottom up method calculates carbon deposits only on land. Inland waters are again neglected except for reservoirs. Since both estimations neglect to take into account the amount of carbon sinks in inland waters, there is no definitive calculation of carbon on land, in water or in the air. More attention should be focused on using updated methods to calculating carbon sinks in inland waters as well as extreme areas of climate, like Antarctica.

Carbon Cycle in Arctic Tundra

Carbon Cycle in Arctic Tundra

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4 responses to “Boundless Carbon Cycle: Reflection

  1. You have a good start here. Let me provide you with a couple suggestions. When including media, you should refer to it in your post. It should visually support an argument or piece of information you are trying to explain. Also, you are lacking a primary literature source to support your post. Further, are all inland waters sinks, and why are they important? Climate change will certainly impact their function, but they have a function regardless of the climate and weather events. Finally, elaborate on thoughts and questions this article may have provoked.


  2. entomily says:

    Touching on extreme climates is a clever thought. Perhaps you might be able to find a paper on carbon release associated with melting permafrost?

  3. mariahdavis says:


    Very nice media. This is a great representation of the carbon cycle. I agree that updated technology is needed to gain a better understanding of carbon sinks. Additionally, I would love to know more about your thoughts on Antarctica! You could go somewhere with the whole extreme environments, high elevations idea.

  4. evancoelm1 says:

    I like your straightforward writing style, as it is easy to understand. Einstein said,”If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” It certainly is good that these authors were able to articulate the importance of inland waters in this paper, as apparently, this fact is not put out there enough.

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