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Carbon storage and long-term rate of accumulation in high-altitude Andean peatlands of Bolivia

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Hribljan, J.A.; Cooper, D.J.; Sueltenfuss, J.; Wolf, E.C.; Heckman, K.A.; Lilleskov, Erik; Chimner, R.A.

Year Published

2015

Publication

Mires and Peat. 15: article 12. 14 p.

Abstract

The high-altitude (4,500+ m) Andean mountain range of north-western Bolivia contains many peatlands. Despite heavy grazing pressure and potential damage from climate change, little is known about these peatlands. Our objective was to quantify carbon pools, basal ages and long-term peat accumulation rates in peatlands in two areas of the arid puna ecoregion of Bolivia: near the village of Manasaya in the Sajama National Park (Cordillera Occidentale), and in the Tuni Condoriri National Park (Cordillera Real). We cored to 5 m depth in the Manasaya peatland, whose age at 5 m was ca. 3,675 yr. BP with a LARCA of 47 g m-2 yr-1. However, probing indicated that the maximum depth was 7-10 m with a total estimated (by extrapolation) carbon stock of 1,040 Mg ha-1. The Tuni peat body was 5.5 m thick and initiated ca. 2,560 cal. yr. BP. The peatland carbon stock was 572 Mg ha-1 with a long-term rate of carbon accumulation (LARCA) of 37 g m-2 yr-1. Despite the dry environment of the Bolivian puna, the region contains numerous peatlands with high carbon stocks and rapid carbon accumulation rates. These peatlands are heavily used for llama and alpaca grazing.

Citation

Hribljan, J.A.; Cooper, D.J.; Sueltenfuss, J.; Wolf, E.C.; Heckman, K.A.; Lilleskov, E.A.; Chimner, R.A. 2015. Carbon storage and long-term rate of accumulation in high-altitude Andean peatlands of Bolivia. Mires and Peat. 15: article 12. 14 p.

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