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Table 3 Live moss, surface organic layer, and soil carbon content (to 30 cm depth) estimated for unburned and severely burned (since 2015) forests near Tanana, based on previous bulk density measurements from forest sites across Alaska and percent mineral soil carbon changes from Table 1. Bulk density (g cm−3)

From: Ecosystem carbon emissions from 2015 forest fires in interior Alaska

Horizon Site 1 Site 2a Site 2b Site 3 Mean Kg C m−2 unburned Kg C m−2 burned Kg C m−2 difference
Moss     0.02 0.02 1.0 0.5 0.5a
A 0.40 0.30 0.50   0.35 17.6 8.8 8.8a
B 0.75 0.52    0.64 23.9 8.3 15.6
  1. Bulk density measurements of surface organic layer (A) and mineral horizon (B)
  2. Site 1 [5]
  3. Site 2 [14]
  4. Site 3 [25]
  5. a Carbon difference between unburned and severely burned sites for live moss and A horizon was assumed to be 50% by weight [26]