Why is decomposition slower during the winter?



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    Part of the decomposition process occurrs when the material reaches a certain heat and can break down easier— this is obviously more difficult when it’s cold outside.

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    Decomposition is affected by two sets of processes–one is the internal breakdown of the decomposing matter from its own enzymes, and the other is the external breakdown of the matter by bacteria. In many cases, adding heat will speed up any kind of breakdown process. During the winter, when it’s colder outside, the lower temperatures help preserve the decomposing matter. It’s the same idea behind refrigerators–the cold slows down the decomposition process, keeping your food fresh longer.

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    The bacteria mostly responsible for decomposition of organic matter prefer a warmer, moister climate than can be found in many places in winter.

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