Biomass Density

Global Above- and Below-ground Living Biomass Carbon Density by Aaron Ruesch and Holly K. Gibbs, 2008

Global Above- and Below-ground Living Biomass Carbon Density by Aaron Ruesch and Holly K. Gibbs, 2008

Biomass, in ecology, is the mass of living biological organisms in a given area or ecosystem at a given time, measured in metric tons of organic carbon per hectare (t – C / ha). Excluding bacteria (which account for perhaps half or more of the planet’s biomass), the total live biomass on Earth is about 560 billion tons, concentrated largely in the Amazon Rainforest, the Congo Rainforest, and Maritime Southeast Asia. These areas are massive carbon sinks – capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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