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Press Release 12-097
Seagrasses Can Store as Much Carbon as Forests

Researchers find that the global carbon pool in seagrass beds is as much as 19.9 billion metric tons

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Photo of scientists taking samples of seagrass beds at the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER site.

Scientists take samples of seagrass beds at NSF's Florida Coastal Everglades LTER site.

Credit: NSF Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Site


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Photo of a dense seagrass meadow at the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER site.

Dense seagrass meadows are a hallmark of the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER site.

Credit: Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Site


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Photo of researchers checking seagrass health at NSF's Virginia Coast Reserve LTER site.

Researchers check on the health of seagrasses at NSF's Virginia Coast Reserve LTER site.

Credit: NSF Virginia Coast Reserve LTER Site


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Areal photo of the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER site showing the surrounding farmland.

Farmland surrounds the salt marshes and seagrasses of the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER site.

Credit: NSF Virginia Coast Reserve LTER Site


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Underwater image showing a crab in the foreground and eelgrass in the background.

Eelgrass provides critical habitat for crabs and other aquatic life.

Credit: NOAA


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Underwater image showing a sea turtle with seagrass on the sandy bottom.

Sea turtles make use of seagrass beds.

Credit: NOAA


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