Microbes Store Millions of Tons of Carbon Dioxide

Microbes Store Millions of Tons of Carbon Dioxide
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More and more studies are conducted about greenhouse gas and its impact on the atmosphere. The discoveries are showing that more carbon dioxide than we know previously is removed and stored naturally underground. The scientists have found the carbon dioxide stored in the coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes that helps to keep the greenhouse gas from penetrating the atmosphere.

We know that carbon dioxide is caused by global warming, apart from human impact. But what Rutgers and other scientists have found have given excellent knowledge for the long-term effect on carbon dioxide, volcanoes, and other chemical and biological processes. The incredible fact is that microbes are involved here. They have found that bacteria play a role in storing large amounts of carbon. The microbes are incorporating the carbon dioxide in their biomass and give a hand at the formation of calcite.

Microbes Store Millions of Tons of Carbon Dioxide

However, co-author and scientist, Donato Giovannelli, says that with this study we can see that microorganisms are having an impact on the geological process and Earth’s climate. The purpose of this study is to cover how the microbes can change from solid to a liquid, or vapor the flow of volatile substances with carbon.

All these changes are happening in the subduction zones like where the tectonic plates collide, or where the material is moving from the surface into the ground.

When we are talking about subduction zones, we have the example of Japan or South and Central America. Those geological processes are creating deep-sea channels and volcanic arcs. Also, the subduction zone is connecting the Earth’s surface with its interior, and for that, it’s essential to know how the process of this movement between them is happening. Finally, the study will investigate further the volcanic area and deep sink of carbon dioxide.


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