Mud holds profound insights into how our planet operates. It serves as a linchpin in how carbon moves around our planet. It’s a key player in regulating Earth’s climate by storing and cycling carbon. Mud also acts as a repository for organic carbon, playing a pivotal role in its sequestration and burial across landscapes.

According to a comprehensive new study out in Nature Geosciences, University of Florida Geological Sciences Professor Thomas Bianchi and his colleagues document that mud, and the tremendous stores of organic carbon it holds within its matrix, is shifting where it is and isn't at a global scale due to human activity and climate change. These shifts have tremendous implications for the fate and carbon storage benefits of coastal wetlands, including salt marshes and mangrove forests, and as well as the rich biodiversity that is sustained by the world's tidal mudflats.

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