Do wetlands absorb more carbon than forests?



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    It seems that coastal areas including wetlands, marshes, mangroves and sea grasses are more effective at absorbing carbon than forests because of the sedimentary nature of their soil, while trees in forests tend to store more carbon in plants than in the soil.  One report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) states that coastal areas are 50 times more effective at storing carbon than tropical forests for this reason.  Temperal forests split their storage between soil and vegetation and boreal forests store carbon more in the soil than vegetation.

    Still, as all related articles point out, this is no reason to ignore the massive potential of forests (and reforestation) as carbon sinks.

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