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Animals and the zoogeochemistry of the carbon cycle

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Science  07 Dec 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6419, eaar3213
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3213

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Animals count

Flux across the carbon cycle is generally characterized by contributions from plants, microbes, and abiotic systems. Animals, however, move vast amounts of carbon, both through ecosystem webs and across the landscape. Schmitz et al. review the different contributions that animal populations make to carbon cycling and discuss approaches that allow for better monitoring of these contributions.

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