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Formation and mobility of soil organic carbon in a buried humic horizon of a volcanic ash soil

Wijesinghe, J. N.*; Koarashi, Jun  ; Atarashi-Andoh, Mariko ; Kokubu, Yoko  ; Yamaguchi, Noriko*; Sase, Takashi*; Hosono, Mamoru*; Inoue, Yuzuru*; Mori, Yuki*; Hiradate, Shuntaro*

Volcanic ash soils store a large amount of carbon as soil organic carbon (SOC) for a long term. However, the mechanisms of SOC accumulation in such soils remain unexplained. In the present study, we focused on SOC in a buried humic horizon of a volcanic ash soil, which formed between 5400 and 6800 yr BP. SOC was fractionated using a chemical fractionation method and the separated SOC fractions were characterized by $$^{14}$$C age, stable isotopic ratios of carbon and nitrogen, and chemical structure. Results showed that the SOC fractions differ in the degrees of biological transformation and mobility. However, generally the low mobility of all of the SOC fractions suggests that successive up-building accumulation of SOC contributes to the formation of thick humic horizon in the soil.



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