Many types of soil lack carbon, and are being looked at as a possible treatment for climate change. The process of taking carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it elsewhere is called carbon sequestration. Some landowners could make money in the future by sequestering the carbon from government or private industries in their soil.

However, according to a study put out by the University of Florida on October 22, Florida’s soil makeup has a patchwork arrangement. The patchy nature of the soil in regard to the amount of carbon it contains makes it difficult for large-scale carbon sequestration in an area.

Beyond climate change implications, soil carbon is an important factor in agriculture. It plays a significant part in the soil’s quality and that of the plants growing in it, and is therefor helpful for farmers.