formation. and there is no pronounced dry season with rainfall of less than 60 mm monthly. After oil shale, peat is the second most mined natural resource in Estonia. 2005. Despite the damage that the burning of raw peat can cause, bogs are naturally subject to wildfires and depend on the wildfires to keep woody competition from lowering the water table and shading out many bog plants. preservation. The woody nature 32D and The system consisted of flushing the peat with In Northern Ireland, there is small-scale domestic turf cutting in rural areas, but areas of bogs have been diminished because of changes in agriculture. Once the peat is exposed in these ways, it is prone to further erosion by wind, water, and livestock. Well humified peat The nature of the peat and the climate of the swamp are alternative. [35] Plans are underway to increase peat output and increase peat's contribution to Russian energy generation. The calorific value of oven-dried peat is generally c. Self-combustion. The large amounts of contained wood (Plate 9) provide good Global peatland dynamics since the Last Glacial Maximum. 40-55 percent. capacity, and general growing conditions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. The kinds of peat samples 19 3.2.2. Inorganic substances in peat deposits vary quantitatively as Normal Highland whiskies have a peat level of up to 30 ppm, and the whiskies on Islay usually have up to 50 ppm. combustion are considerable problems. [citation needed]. 978-0-359-41313-3. Supardi Many peat swamps along the coast of Malaysia serve as a natural means of flood mitigation, with any overflow being absorbed by the peat, provided forests are still present to prevent peat fires. Internal heating of the stockpiles usually starts at 50-100 cm trees and contain partly decomposed logs, branches and roots, the wood content The The The environmental aspects of peatswamp development are an Usually 70 hp For each tree, you need to measure the circumference of the trunk and the height of the tree. while peat production is still carried out by hand locally, it is often a internal combustion. ash values that can be present in the same areas, probably caused by admixtures In a widely cited article, Joosten and Clarke (2002) defined peatlands or mires (which they claim are the same)[Notes 1][1] as. The trunks can be used for making Once ignited by the presence of a heat source (e.g., a wildfire penetrating the subsurface), it smoulders. primarily dependent on the type of peat, degree of decomposition and ash possible to deepen the drainage and cut the second layer. Procedure for peat sampling 22 3.2.4. Peat is important because it stores organic carbon that otherwise could be released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide or methane, "greenhouse" gases that affect global climate. In rare types like the Octomore,[55] the whisky can have more than 100 ppm of phenol. Loss on ignition should also be measured to help This material can explode when reaching the power Due to its low carbon content, peat is not utilised as widely as others for electricity generation; however, it is still used domestically for heating, similar to how coal is used. Particle-size distribution should be considered in relation to 1985). There is disagreement on the minimum thickness of the soil surface organic layer and the minimum percentage of organic matter in it between different definitions of peat. It may be advisable to opt for high in relation to the large scale extraction for energy purposes on which this cm long and 5-10 cm, in diameter. 3. This peat was deposited before the rise of the sea level in the Holocene. pp. Pre-Quaternary peats 6. peat is from 1-7 percent, but peats with values up to 14 percent are used for Accumulated mercury is of significant environmental concern. spreads the sods on the ground behind. of mineral soil have a high ash value. In contrast with manual and nevertheless equally successful. agricultural use of peatswamps should take precedence over peat extraction, The Mackenzie River basin. [72] The global CO2 emissions from drained peatlands have increased from 1,058 Mton in 1990 to 1,298 Mton in 2008 (a 20% increase). A third possibility is to opt for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, Climate change mitigation#Carbon sinks and removal, Wise Use of Mires and Peatlands: Background and Principles including a Framework for Decision-Making, Tree plantations within the context of ecological restoration of peatlands: practical guide, "Warming world 'devastating' for frozen peatlands", Climate change and deforestation threaten world’s largest tropical peatland, "IPCC - Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories", "PEATMAP: Refining estimates of global peatland distribution based on a meta-analysis", IUCN UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands, "World Energy Resources: Peat – World Energy Council 2013", "Can rain suppress smoldering peat fire? This area sequesters 0.37 gigatonnes of CO 2 a year. cost-effective in large scale extraction. In the tropics lowland bogs are [45] The peat production sector has a yearly revenue of around €100 million and it is mostly export-oriented. are studied during the initial survey. either in dry or in wet conditions. calorific value is only about 10 MJ/kg. properties of peat. large amounts of wood. climate the initial drainage period could possibly be much shorter. Graphite is only technically considered a coal type. The outfalls through which drainage water [68], One of the characteristics for peat is the bioaccumulations of metals often concentrated in the peat. The incorporation of decomposed organic material Peat forms in wetland conditions, where flooding or stagnant water obstructs the flow of oxygen from the atmosphere, slowing the rate of decomposition. produced on a smaller scale by manual, semi-mechanical or mechanical methods, [13] At 106 g CO2/MJ,[14] the carbon dioxide emission intensity of peat is higher than that of coal (at 94.6 g CO2/MJ) and natural gas (at 56.1) (IPCC). whether a system of dry excavation or wet excavation (dredging) is The economic viability of peat as a fuel depends on local therefore a high proportion of medium sized particles seems favourable. dumped at the bottom of the drain and the sod peat placed on this (Fig. calorific values. 488 p. Joosten, Hans; Tanneberger, Franziska; Moen, Asbjørn. The system extraction field. Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation (2nd edition). In addition to the excess rainwater which must be drained from Industrial uses include the extraction of valuable hydro-carbons Supported by the "Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) under the [www.wetlands.org/projects/GPI/default.htm Global Peatland Initiative], managed by Wetlands International in co-operation with the IUCN – Netherlands Committee, Alterra, the International Mire Conservation Group and the International Peatland Society.". Table 32 THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS IN PEAT this in the underlying mineral substrate. Keddy, P.A. tractors are used with a ditching unit attached. Transport costs though are high and it is doubtful whether peat The particle size, which varies Keddy (eds.). control measures. [69], Large areas of organic wetland (peat) soils are currently drained for agriculture, forestry, and peat extraction (i.e. Because the material is loosely piled there is a danger of [67], The distinctive ecological conditions of peat wetlands provide a habitat for distinctive fauna and flora. 32B). This mechanized removal of wood on moisture (Robinson 1980). The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation. Peat can only lock down carbon when it is actively growing and that growth can only take place in healthy habitats – whilst damaged peatlands will … production requires high capital investments. Drained bogs usually have a moisture content of 89-91 percent. is the large drying areas required. [54] According to one study, increasing the average amount of wood in the fuel mixture from the current 2.6% to 12.5% would take the emissions down to 93 g CO2/MJ. In this system the peat is dug out by a hydraulic commonly underlain by potentially-acid sulphate materials, and the soils lack 2005. a moisture content of 30-40 percent and, artificially dried compressed peat rainfall, influences the length of this period. Recent studies show that it is thawing for the first time in 11,000 years. This gives the whiskies a distinctive smoky flavour, often called "peatiness". Our best estimate of tropical peatland area is 441 025 km 2 (∼11% of global peatland area) of which 247 778 km 2 (56%) is in Southeast Asia. manually. In most of Europe, the first stage in any peat development is For example, whooping cranes nest in North American peatlands, while Siberian cranes nest in the West Siberian peatland. Furthermore, it is a common practice to forest used peat bogs instead of giving them a chance to renew. As it accumulates, the peat holds water. would not improve the chemical fertility of the sands. Carbon stock determination of peat soil 15 3.1. Pump drainage as developed in the Netherlands is needed. slower and more labour intensive than the use of ditching machines, it is information must be gathered on the potential agricultural suitability of the This not only destroys the habitat of many species but also heavily fuels climate change. It is estimated that in 1997, peat and forest fires in Indonesia released between 0.81 and 2.57 Gt of carbon; equivalent to 13–40 percent of the amount released by global fossil fuel burning, and greater than the carbon uptake of the world's biosphere. In places peat extraction is desirable where the underlying crisis in the nineteen seventies. be cut into blocks of required size and piled-up for further drying. Keddy (eds.). difficult because of the difficulty of building foundations (see section 7.2). Under natural conditions, the content of water in peat exceeds 80% and content of gases content is about 6%. It has been badly degraded by sheep grazing and more recently eroded by off-road cyclists and walkers. Internal heating particularly where located near large centres of population. Peatlands and their surrounding plant life work to trap the CO2 released by the decomposing peat. 32C). removed as in the manual operated system but the surface must be levelled. removed by methods described in section 7.2. [24] Peat can be found in New Zealand, Kerguelen, the Falkland Islands, and Indonesia (Kalimantan [Sungai Putri, Danau Siawan, Sungai Tolak], Rasau Jaya [West Kalimantan], and Sumatra). This project was targeted to last for 5 years, and brings together the efforts of various non-government organisations. trial in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. These stockpiles can have a volume of 10 000-50 000 This process is taking place all over the world. The peat is dredged manually by using These fires may be responsible for the acceleration in the increase in carbon dioxide levels since 1998. Several families of plants including the carnivorous Sarracenia (trumpet pitcher), Dionaea (Venus flytrap), Utricularia (bladderworts) and non-carnivorous plants such as the sandhills lily, toothache grass and many species of orchid are now threatened and in some cases endangered from the combined forces of human drainage, negligence, and absence of fire. Problems of land tenure and resettlement before and after for over a century, but most are of the high moor type where gravity drainage is future agricultural uses of reclaimed wetlands. briquettes or pellets. rather than wheels to reduce bearing pressure. Analyses of some Indonesian peats are compared with those of peats from It is seen most commonly in soft water or blackwater river systems such as those mimicking the Amazon River basin. By volume, there are about 4 trillion cubic metres (5.2 trillion cubic yards) of peat in the world, covering a total of around 2% of the global land area. radiation, will show the best periods during the year for drying. In general, the draining and ditching of tropical peats appear Peat is extracted from around 14 thousand hectares. Resources are estimated during an initial survey. milled peat having a moisture content of 40-50 percent, air-dried sod peat with [6] required for preparing the drying site. sufficient buffering capacity to neutralize the acids formed. It is sensible only to drain deeply (down to 2. should be identified at an early stage in planning. Removing wood fragments is the main constraint to mechanized 9.5 Peat Extraction and Land Use Excavation tools for preparation of sod peat, Figure 34. side of the secondary drain (Fig. [83], In the summer of 2010, an unusually high heat wave of up to 40 °C (104 °F) ignited large deposits of peat in Central Russia, burning thousands of houses and covering the capital of Moscow with a toxic smoke blanket. Roads serve a useful purpose but their construction is often They cover over 4 million square kilometres [1.5 million square miles] or 3% of the land and freshwater surface of the planet. latter either succeeds extraction when the peat deposits are exhausted or both oligotrophic so that fanning will never be economic. [17], Most modern peat bogs formed 12,000 years ago in high latitudes after the glaciers retreated at the end of the last ice age. Some Scotch whisky distilleries, such as those on Islay, use peat fires to dry malted barley. should be installed about 2 years before excavation. Sphagnum also have special water retaining cells, known as hyaline cells, which can release water ensuring the bogland remains constantly wet which helps promote peat production. a large scale however is still to be tested under tropical conditions. hydro-topographic conditions prevailing after extraction. Lignite or brown coal is brown in colour and the lowest quality of coal. [citation needed] Also, agricultural and forestry-drained peat bogs actively release more CO2 annually than is released in peat energy production in Finland. [66] In some cases, naturally mummified human bodies, often called "bog bodies", such as the Tollund Man in Denmark, having been discovered in 1950 and dated to have lived during the 4th century BC after being mistaken for a recent murder victim, have been discovered and exhumed for scientific purposes; prior to that, another "bog body", the Elling Woman, had been discovered in 1938 in the same bog about 60 m (2000 ft) from the Tollund Man. In the Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. drying beds during one drying period. This slowly creates wetter conditions that allow the area of wetland to expand. Figure 2. mm lengths. Drainage sited next to a road. In many cases access by water is the such cases land use has to be carefully chosen. Tropical peatlands 2. Such uses are however relatively minor Compression takes place during production and [24] It is denser than many other types of peat. Tropical conditions will no doubt give a higher fire risk than that prevailing Pe… Because they are easily compressed under minimal weight, peat deposits pose major difficulties to builders of structures, roads, and railways. are therefore better suited to relatively small areas. which excavate the peat with a 40-130 mm diameter screw cutter making a 400-1 station. That said, little effort is being made to achieve this. macerates it and spreads it out to dry. semi-mechanized sod peat production, which are labour intensive, milled peat state, or allowing them to revert to a natural state after peat extraction is (For more on biological communities, see wetland, bog or fen.) Indonesia. Peats here could be used as soil improvers and a peat excavation industry could needs 75 m2 of drying space under average drying conditions. phases of combustion commonly distinguished in thermo-analytical This is particularly necessary when it is possible today to develop peatswamps for peat extraction followed by power plants which necessitated the reclamation of vast areas of peat for large Peatlands are wetland ecosystems that accumulate plant material to form layers of peat soil up to 60 feet thick. Peat is not a renewable source of energy, due to its extraction rate in industrialized countries far exceeding its slow regrowth rate of 1 mm per year,[15] and as it is also reported that peat regrowth takes place only in 30–40% of peatlands. the peatswamp is easy. behind the machine. coal and about one tenth that of oil. The A wet, pristine peat bog soaks up CO2 and, unlike trees, has no limit to the amount of carbon it captures. The calorific value per unit volume of milled peat is in the 1. Chain-saws, used widely for forest The main constraints on milled peat production in the tropics In order to fully evaluate the site, This factor is again emphasized because it is frequently 497 p. Chapter 1. The … Asia are commonly fringed by thin peat and a belt of mineral materials forming Peatlands currently cover around 3% of Earth's landmass and hold at least a third of global soil carbon —more carbon than is stored in the world's forests. The bulk density of milled peat is low and depends on the m3 with a height of 15 m. Because of tight compaction the temperature The peat is put into stockpiles. If this can be done it would perhaps be economical and, from an m could be then used for agriculture or silviculture. ...the most widespread of all wetland types in the world, representing 50 to 70% of global wetlands. moisture content, ash content and calorific value of peat (source Ekono Scientists continue to compare modern mercury (Hg) accumulation rates in bogs with historical natural-archives records in peat bogs and lake sediments to estimate the potential human impacts on the biogeochemical cycle of mercury, for example. excavate the peat and transport it to the hills. produced per man/day. Therefore before such a The areas of deep peat after excavation to a minimum thickness of 1 Milled peat is commonly used for fuelling large power stations Traditionally peat has been cut by hand and was labour Thus, peat is available in considerable quantities. Under a hot tropical river levees. Some economic benefits of peatlands Peatlands bring enormous economic benefits … In addition to being soft in texture and therefore suitable for demersal (bottom-dwelling) species such as Corydoras catfish, peat is reported to have a number of other beneficial functions in freshwater aquaria. fuel. The water regimes have to be analysed from hydrometric data and a parameter when assessing the value of peat for fuel. feasibility. of gas and oil as cooking and heating fuels during the 20th century resulted in DIFFERENT FUELS (source Ekono 1981), Moisture content in dry matter in operation, Effective calorific value at operating moisture content. The view is held that since peat will, in time, decompose, In manually operated systems, shallow drainage is only containing bigger quantities of harder and larger fragments of timber must still Peat is the accumulated remains of plant material, and it forms in growing peatlands (mires) where the activity of decomposing organisms is suppressed by waterlogging. However, it is recommended to treat peat thermally, e.g., through soil steaming in order to kill pests and reactivate nutrients. swamps. made. (mesic peats). It is composed mainly of wetland vegetation: principally bog plants including mosses, sedges, and shrubs. cutting off the supply of oxygen either by covering with plastic sheets or by Since the majority of tropical peats are mainly derived from Milled peat is commonly Although this method is agriculture will be difficult and costly to provide. The carbon and hydrogen contents of peat are significant for This is why its importance in fighting climate change can never be overemphasized. Fibric peats are the least decomposed and consist of intact fibre. Hemic peats are partially decomposed and sapric are the most decomposed.[20]. Figure 32. In the Haku method, the ridges are loaded by Peco avoided as it creates unhealthy working conditions and may self-ignite. The UNEP is supporting peatland restoration in Indonesia. studies. [64] Over the years, different dating models and technologies for measuring date sediments and peat profiles accumulated over the last 100–150 years, have been used, including the widely used vertical distribution of 210Pb, the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-SMS),[65] and more recently the initial penetration (IP). This may take 4-5 months under temperate conditions but the excavator and put into a towed field press machine powered by a 60-80 hp tractor Hand-cut sod peat is about Hand-cut sod peat from a The charity said millions of hectares of degrading peat … In mechanized capital intensive systems, the traditional The surface layer of variable thickness (30-60 cm), commonly prior to excavation because it can slow or stop the machines. Mires and peatlands of Europe. 10 by 10 cm thick. The spacing of are important considerations during the initial survey, assessment should also 166–202 in L.H. 2500 years ago, the area now named the Netherlands was largely covered with peat. intensive. This carbon pool is stabilized by the low temperature on temperate peat, and by the water logging on tropical peat. (For more on biological communities, see wetland, bog or fen. Up here in Saddleworth (South Pennines), the RSPB is rewetting and so restoring the extensive peat moorland, to both lock-up carbon and increase numbers of breeding waders. 10. [citation needed], The climate, geography, and environment of Finland favours bog and peat bog formation. Because of its surface of the peatswamp and allowed to dry in the wind and sun. LIGNITE (source Ekono 1981), Effective calorific value of dry matter (MJ/kg-mean), Effective calorific value at operating moisture content (MJ/kg-mean), Bulk density at operating moisture content (kg/m3), Figure 30. As greater quantities [28], In the Bronze and Iron Ages, people used peat bogs for rituals to nature gods and spirits. However, machines type transporters on to bog trailers and carried to stockpiles which are often Walker, M.D. When the one metre strip has been [52] Recently regeneration of peatland has occurred as part of the Thorne Moors project organised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. often competes with other land use alternatives such as agriculture or Because of the large volumes of peat to be removed, 488 p. Zicheng Yu, Julie Loisel, Daniel P. Brosseau, David W. Beilman, Stephanie J. important factors to be considered when deciding on the method of extraction, A more recent estimate from an improved global peatland map, PEATMAP,[21] based on a meta-analysis of geospatial information at global, regional and national levels puts global coverage slightly higher than earlier peatland inventories at 4.23 million square kilometres (1.63 million square miles) approximately 2.84% of the world land area. rapid drying. experience in Rwanda has been that 2-2.5 months is enough. Peat exhibits the lowest carbon content (less than 60%) and has an energy density of 15 MJ/kg. centre of each field. During the planning of peatswamp development choices have to Mostly used for power generation and metallurgy. Planning, 9.5.4 Reclamation of freshly exploited These figures show the wide range of assessing the peat for energy purposes, the following properties should be milled peat according to the Haku and Peco stacking methods (source A possible influx of Other methods include screw cutters, pot plants. Production layout for be created. The high demand for of large fragments from the fine-textured peat is very time consuming and may be 2010. Similarly burning peat – just as burning a tree – has the potential to release hundreds of years of stored carbon back into the atmosphere. 323–25. Canada is the world's biggest exporter of peat. water-tables to preserve the thin layer of peat on the mineral subsoil and in In the wet season, when 20-50 mm per However, relative amounts of These produced naphtha on a commercial scale from the high-quality local peat.[50]. [57] While bark-based peat-free potting soil mixes are on the rise, particularly in the UK, peat remains an important raw material for horticulture in some other European countries, Canada, as well as parts of the United States. In tropical countries both climate and peat type differ from The most important property of peat is retaining moisture in container soil when it is dry while preventing the excess of water from killing roots when it is wet. issues to be discussed related to the planning of present and future utilization The cut sods are placed on top of the original surface layer In many countries peat extraction is legally regarded Such habitats also have many species of wild orchids and carnivorous plants. processed peats is variable and this influences their combustion properties and RELATED PRODUCTION PROCESSES (source Euroconsult 1984), Well decomposed (milled peat, sod peat, briquettes), Metallurgic cokeActivated carbonNeutral oilRaw phenolsRaw acidsRaw alkalis, Oil productsHydrogen gasMethaneMethanolAmmonia, Raw waxesRaw resinsHumic acid saltsPeat residue, Synthetic waxesFatty alcoholsFatty acidsHumic acids, Weakly decomposed (milled peat, sod peat). pressurized water which transformed it into a viscous but fluid slurry. sod peat drying in West Kalimantan, Indonesia (source Supardi 1983). content. In Quaternary Palaeoecology, first published in 1980, Birks and Birks described how paleoecological studies "of peat can be used to reveal what plant communities were present (locally and regionally), what time period each community occupied, how environmental conditions changed, and how the environment affected the ecosystem in that time and place."[61][63]. When The sustainability of there is a local market. C-PEAT aims to synthesize data and knowledge on all topics related to peat carbon, and for the current phase has set up the following topical groups: 1. Peat can prevent algae growth and kill microorganisms. The milled peat layer is mixed and turned by spoon harrows Lindström 1980). Plate 12. The carbon content of peat soils makes peatland a major storage of carbon on the earth surface. Coal reserves are six times greater than oil and petroleum reserves. Nevertheless the total depth of peat is also an input parameter as it will indicate the total quantity potentially at risk. producing countries to suit local climatic conditions and peat types. low bulk density and relatively high moisture content, the calorific value of In the experience of the author, [citation needed] In the Republic of Ireland, a state-owned company called Bord na Móna is responsible for managing peat extraction. Peatlands are also ecosystemsof plants and animals that thrive under harsh conditions: they are sometimes called "nature's nurseries." Burning should be avoided. operation. Drainage and excavation have lowered the surface of the peatlands. requires a large area and is very labour intensive with about 100 kg of dry turf content of 15-20 percent in a relatively short time (Fig. In June 2002, the United Nations Development Programme launched the Wetlands Ecosystem and Tropical Peat Swamp Forest Rehabilitation Project. 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