Reynolds Creek Virtual Tour

Inorganic Carbon

A Different Type of Carbon


Most soil research focuses on measuring organic carbon. The type of carbon that comes from the breakdown of plants and other living things. Dr. Jen Pierce focuses on a different type of carbon, inorganic carbon. Often overlooked, inorganic carbon can constitute a large part of the carbon storage in soils. Understanding it is important to get an accurate picture of carbon cycling in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. In the video below, Dr. Pierce defines inorganic carbon, where it is found in Reynolds Creek, and why it is important.