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Carbon sequestration
Illustration showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide

Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the atmosphere. It is also the process of capturing CO2 from from new and existing power plants and factories before they are released into the atmosphere. Once the CO2 gas has been contained it is placed into long-term storage. Carbon sequestration aims to eliminate harmful human introduced carbon from our atmosphere by disrupting the carbon cycle. It is also to prevent catastrophic climate changes in this and the next century.

Methods

There are two long-term ways to remove CO2 from our atmosphere:

  1. Terrestrial Sequestration- plants and trees store CO2 in their bodies and in their roots.
  2. geologic sequestration- bury the CO2 thousands of feet underground.

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