Decomposition and mineralization

Decomposition is the breakdown of soil organic matter (SOM) polymers into SOM monomers. Mineralization is the release of inorganics from SOM monomers. There may be some release of inorganics direct from polymers, which could be thought of as decomposition driven mineralization, but mineralization would be the appropriate term in such a case ((Schimel, Bennett J. 2004)

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