Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Data description paper
17 Oct 2023
Data description paper |  | 17 Oct 2023

The patterns of soil nitrogen stocks and C  :  N stoichiometry under impervious surfaces in China

Qian Ding, Hua Shao, Chi Zhang, and Xia Fang

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A soil survey in 41 Chinese cities showed the soil nitrogen (N) in impervious surface areas (ISA; NISA) was 0.59±0.35 kg m−2, lower than in pervious soils. Eastern China had the highest NISA but the lowest natural soil N in China. Soil N decreased linearly with depth in ISA but nonlinearly in natural ecosystems. Temperature was negatively correlated with C : NISA but positively correlated with natural soil C : N. The unique NISA patterns imply intensive disturbance in N cycle by soil sealing.
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