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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

     

    A vast peatland has been discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville.

     

    The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat.

     

    Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.

     

    Dr Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds, said: "It's remarkable that there are parts of the planet that are still uncharted territory."

    He added: "Few people venture into these swamps as they are quite difficult places to move around in and work in."

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27492949

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