Thursday, November 20, 2008

co2 reduction ideas

Researchers at the Columbia University in Oman have discovered that Peridotite rocks found 20 kilometers under the surface of Earth can be tapped to capture and store vast amounts of CO2. This rock that makes up most of the Earth’s mantle is sometimes brought to the surface with tectonic movements then reacting with atmospheric gases to form calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate rocks. A possible solution may be to push CO2 underground and let the rock below the surface convert it. The rocks in Oman can capture 10,000 to 100,000 tons of carbon per year, and if better technology is brought to use, the same rocks would be able to capture 4 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year.

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