Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Solid Earth, 6, 1103–1115, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-1103-2015
Solid Earth, 6, 1103–1115, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-6-1103-2015

Research article 07 Oct 2015

Research article | 07 Oct 2015

Land use effects on soil organic carbon sequestration in calcareous Leptosols in former pastureland – a case study from the Tatra Mountains (Poland)

K. Wasak and M. Drewnik

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The paper shows soil organic carbon sequestration (SOC) rates in calcareous shallow soils in reforested areas in the Tatra Mts., with a particular focus on the different forms of organic matter (OM) storage. Fifty years after the conversion of pastureland to grassland, the emergence of dwarf pine shrub, larch forest, the development of genetic soil horizons as well as SOC sequestration and the occurrence of OM forms in soil, are related to plant community.