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SOIL | Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
SOIL, 5, 315–332, 2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
SOIL, 5, 315–332, 2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Original research article 15 Nov 2019

Original research article | 15 Nov 2019

Short-range-order minerals as powerful factors explaining deep soil organic carbon stock distribution: the case of a coffee agroforestry plantation on Andosols in Costa Rica

Tiphaine Chevallier et al.

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Soil organic carbon (SOC) is the largest terrestrial C stock. Andosols of volcanic areas hold...