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1. (Science: chemical) A piece of turf cut for use as a fuel.

2. (Science: botany) A mass of partially carbonised plant tissue formed by partial decomposition in water of various plants and especially. Of mosses of the genus sphagnum, widely found in many parts of the world, varying in consistency from a turf to a slime used as a fertiliser, as stable litter, as a fuel, and for making charcoal. Partially carbonized vegetable matter saturated with water; can be used as a fuel when dried.A type of soil deriving from dead organic material situated in a wet area, where the reduced amount of [[oxygen available in the Wet conditions results in the organic material not decomposing as much as it usually would do so in the presence of more oxygen.

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Re: Does it really matter?

... and shape of said species. People would be devastated by the loss of the giant panda, but not worry in the least about the extinction of the grey peat weevil of Vanuatu. My point is that such losses are of importance in terms of human emotions. In terms of global ecology, they are totally unimportant. ...

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by skeptic
Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:00 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Does it really matter?
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Greenies Realise

... everywhere as much. I am at a microbiology meeting (CSM-SCM in Montreal) and one of the speaker (Ian PCC member) was talking about the fate of the peat bogs located in Canada and Russia and describing one little side effect of the change in climate: Peat bogs will probably be dryer (they are already ...

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by canalon
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:50 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Greenies Realise
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Views: 5144


I think the answer is to do do with acidity in the soil/earth which occurs sometimes. e.g. peat, or humus contain chemicals that stop the action of insects and bacteria, so in those circumstances the tree doesn't biodegrade. Mith Limestone CaCO3. Does contain carbon; ...

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by tonyjeffs
Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: What part of a dead tree doesn't biodegrade
Replies: 9
Views: 6467

The Fiber Disease

... demand) depends on the impurities, particularly organic matter, in a water supply. Hence the killing effect of chlorine is quickly reduced in a peat leachate solution as the chlorine combines with organic matter. In order to be certain that spores of target fungi are exposed to available chlorine ...

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by London
Sun Oct 01, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
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Proud owner of a baby venus fly trap!

... with a gradual slant. I covered the whole bottom with some white little rocks all over the bottom. Then I mixed up some violet african soil with peat moss and filled it up making a little hill. Moistened it with some bottled water (thats all I had). I then Transplanted my two little babys. Said ...

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by Juj4ever
Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Venus Fly Trap
Replies: 51
Views: 36959
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