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    Author(s): Matt BusseChristian P. Giardina; Dave M. Morris; Deborah S. Page-Dumroese
    Date: 2019
    Source: In: Busse, Matt; Giardina, Christian P.; Morris, Dave M.; Page, Dumroese, Deborah S. Global change and forest soils: Cultivating stewardship of a finite natural resource. Developments in Soil Science, Vol. 36. Elsevier. p. 3-7.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Nearly one-third of Earth’s total land area is covered by a remarkably complex and richly alive skin: forest soil. This layer - more membrane than crust - is of central importance to the survival of most organisms on our planet. Forest soils help provide an abundance of goods and services to humans including food, fuel, timber, medicines, water, oxygen, biodiversity, climate and hydrological regulation, not to mention a wealth of spiritual, cultural, and aesthetic benefits. For this, humanity is outright lucky but also profoundly challenged with the responsibility for stewarding this natural resource.

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    Busse, Matt; Giardina, Christian P.; Morris, Dave M.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S. 2019. Introduction [Chapter 1]. In: Busse, Matt; Giardina, Christian P.; Morris, Dave M.; Page, Dumroese, Deborah S. Global change and forest soils: Cultivating stewardship of a finite natural resource. Developments in Soil Science, Vol. 36. Elsevier. p. 3-7.

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    forest soil, stewardship, management, climate change

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