World's largest tropical peatland discovered in Congo swamps
January 11, 2017 01:51 PM - University of Leeds
Avast peatland in the Congo Basin has been mapped for the first time, revealing it to be the largest in the tropics.
The new study found that the Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo Basin, which were unknown to exist five years ago, cover 145,500 square kilometres – an area larger than England. They lock in 30 billion tonnes of carbon making the region one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth.