Exmoor blanket bog

Exmoor blanket bog

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Caption: Exmoor blanket bog. Pools of water in an upland peat bog. Peatlands are a unique and globally threatened habitat. They also constitute an important carbon sink, or store, because of the high organic matter content of peat soils. On Exmoor, Devon, UK, land use practices such as peat removal and drainage have dried out and reduced much of the areas of blanket bog, resulting in the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. A project is now underway to restore Exmoor's former ecological diversity. Changes to water management will encourage water retention in the area and promote the accumulation of peat. It is hoped that this will play a role in the mitigation of climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.

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