Asked by: Nahuel Ermitoo
asked in category: General Last Updated: 19th March, 2020

How long does it take to make peat?

Peat is formed by decomposition and accumulation process of plant materials that grow on the land which is influenced by dry and wet season period. Peat formation occurs in a long period with the formation rate of about 1 mm per year (Charman, 2002), which means 1 m deep peat needs 1000 years to form.

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People also ask, how peat is formed?

Peat forms when plant material does not fully decay in acidic and anaerobic conditions. It is composed mainly of wetland vegetation: principally bog plants including mosses, sedges, and shrubs. As it accumulates, the peat holds water. This slowly creates wetter conditions that allow the area of wetland to expand.

One may also ask, why is peat a problem? The problem with peat When peat is burned, it's like burning coal; much of the carbon content in the peat is released as carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas of primary concern in relation to global warming.

In this regard, does peat grow?

:: Peat only become the dominant ingredient in garden compost in the 1970s when it replaced loam, or soil. It is rich in nutrients and excellent at holding water. :: Peat 'grows' by only a millimetre a year. A 10 metre deep peat bed takes 9,000 years to form – but can be cleared in fewer than 50 years.

Is peat a good fuel?

Burning Peat: A Renewable Fuel. Burning peat has its advantages: it's a renewable fuel, it has natural deposits around the world and it is ecologically sound if used in moderation. These peat chunks are drying in Francis' basement . . . an essential step because of the newly gathered material's very high water content.

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