Soil data for a thermokarst bog and the surrounding permafrost plateau forest, located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, Interior Alaska

Open-File Report 2016-1173
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Abstract

Peatlands play an important role in boreal ecosystems, storing a large amount of soil organic carbon. In northern ecosystems, collapse-scar bogs (also known as thermokarst bogs) often form as the result of ground subsidence following permafrost thaw. To examine how ecosystem carbon balance changes with the loss of permafrost, we measured carbon and nitrogen storage within a thermokarst bog and the surrounding forest, which continues to have permafrost. These sites are a part of the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site and are located within Interior Alaska. Here, we report on methods used for core collection analysis as well as the cores’ physical, chemical, and descriptive properties.

Suggested Citation

Manies, K.L., Fuller, C.C., Jones, M.C., Waldrop, M.P., and McGeehin, J.P., 2017, Soil data for a thermokarst bog and the surrounding permafrost plateau forest, located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, Interior Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1173, 11 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161173.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Site Description
  • Soil Sampling
  • Soil-Sample Preparation and Drying
  • Soil Laboratory Methods
  • Dataset Descriptions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Data File Descriptions

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Soil data for a thermokarst bog and the surrounding permafrost plateau forest, located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, Interior Alaska
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1173
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161173
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center
Description iv, 11 p.
First page 1
Last page 11
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, Permafrost Plateau Forest, Thermokarst Bog
Online Only (Y/N) Y