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Decomposition rates and carbon:nitrogen ratios for different litter types, 2015


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Janousek, C.N., Buffington, K.J., Guntenspergen, G.R., Thorne, K.M., Dugger, B.D., and Takekawa, J.Y., 2017, Decomposition of plant litter in Pacific coast tidal marshes, 2014-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This data table contains mean decomposition rates and mean carbon:nitrogen ratios for different litter types buried in 7 marshes during 2015. Note that C:N data are repeated for low and high marsh areas at each site in the table. These data support the following publication: Janousek, C.N., Buffington, K.J., Guntenspergen, G.R. et al. Ecosystems (2017). doi:10.1007/s10021-017-0111-6.


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These data were collected to help evaluate the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on decomposition of organic matter in Pacific Coast tidal marshes.


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