Fact Sheet 2010–3117
Biochar is charcoal (similar to chars generated by forest fires) that is made for incorporation into soils to increase soil fertility while providing natural carbon sequestration. The incorporation of biochar into soils can preserve and enrich soils and also slow the rate at which climate change is affecting our planet. Studies on biochar, such as those cited by this report, are applicable to both fire science and soil science.
First posted February 15, 2011
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Rostad, C.E, and Rutherford, D.W., 2011, Biochar for soil fertility and natural carbon sequestration: U.S. Geological Survey, Fact Sheet 2010-3117, 2 p.