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Where does carbon dioxide come from? | Greener Edmonds


Last updated 7/22/2021 at 8:32am

We hear a lot about the dangers of carbon dioxide and what it is doing to the planet. Where does it come from?

Ours is a water planet, and over the history of life on earth lots of tiny plants have grown and died in the oceans. Megatons of phytoplankton sank to the bottom, then got covered up, squeezed, and roasted slowly over the ages.

Phytoplankton, like all plants on earth, is made mostly of carbon. This long transition process combined that carbon with hydrogen to form what is called, not unsurprisingly, hydrocarbons.

Liquid gas, oil, natural gas, and coal are all remnants of this anci...

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