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labile carbon

The highly reactive fraction of soil organic carbon with the most rapid turnover times; its oxidation drives the flux of CO2 between soils and atmosphere. Labile organic carbon decomposes rapidly in the water column or in sediments, on a time scale of days to weeks; refractory organic carbon requires more time.
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  • soil labile carbon
  • soil labile organic carbon
  • labile organic carbon
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