Temperature influences methane uptake, but the effect is usually weak, with measured Q10s of only 1-2 and little seasonal variation (Born et al., 1990; King and Adamsen, 1992; Crill et al., 1994; Prieme and Christensen, 1997; Price et al., 2004). Methane uptake can continue throughout winter in snow-covered soils (Kessavalou et al., 1998; Mast et al., 1998). The limited temperature dependence probably indicates that the diffusion rate of atmospheric methane into the soil is the major limiting factor. Diffusion is only weakly related to temperature.

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