Peatlands and Wetlands

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Peatlands are rare, covering only about 3% of the Earth’s surface. They are defined by soils that are continuously or seasonally saturated with water. The waterlogged soils prevent the breakdown of leaves, wood, roots and other organic material in the soil, allowing carbon to stay trapped underground. In some regions, peat soils are many meters thick and thousands of years old. Due to their limited occurrence in the United States, this section discusses the carbon sequestration potential of peatlands and wetlands together.