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Carbon goes with the flow

Many people see the carbon cycle as vertical — CO2 moving up and down between soil, plants and the atmosphere. However, new research adds a dimension to the vertical perspective by showing how water moves massive amounts of carbon laterally through ecosystems — especially during floods. These findings — which analyzed more than 1,000 watersheds, covering about 75 percent of the contiguous US — have implications for climate change and water quality.

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