Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 537–549, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-537-2016

Special issue: Soil as a record of the past

SOIL, 2, 537–549, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-537-2016

Original research article 21 Oct 2016

Original research article | 21 Oct 2016

Paleosols can promote root growth of recent vegetation – a case study from the sandy soil–sediment sequence Rakt, the Netherlands

Martina I. Gocke et al.

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Investigation of a Dutch sandy profile demonstrated that buried soils provide beneficial growth conditions for plant roots in terms of nutrients. The intense exploitation of deep parts of the soil profile, including subsoil and soil parent material, by roots of the modern vegetation is often underestimated by traditional approaches. Potential consequences of deep rooting for terrestrial carbon stocks, located to a relevant part in buried soils, remain largely unknown and require further studies.