Agricultural Soils: Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Authored by: John R. Freney

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120001564

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Abstract

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is produced naturally by many different micro-organisms in soils and waters, and as a result of human activity. It is apparent that most nitrous oxide is derived from soils. Because of the intimate connection between the Earth and the atmosphere, much of the nitrous oxide produced enters the atmosphere and affects its chemical and physical properties.

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