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Secret Life of Rocks

by Roger Numbers

November 12, 2008

A rock that absorbs CO2? This is more science fiction, right? Not so, says Juerg Matter, a scientist from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. In a study published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Matter suggests that a simple hunk of peridotite could be the answer to at least some of our global warming woes. Solid.

In situ carbonation of peridotite for CO2 storage (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Emission Facts: Average Annual Emissions and Fuel Consumption for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University)

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