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The Legacy of Carbon Dioxide

Past and Present Impacts

Paul J. Karol


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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

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The Legacy of Carbon Dioxide: Past and Present Impacts covers the truly varied roles carbon dioxide (CO2) has played and continues to play in the character of our planet. It examines the synthesis of CO2 in stars, the evolution of the atmosphere over billions of years, the chemical and physical properties of CO2, and how those influence common phenomena.

The author discusses how well this knowledge is understood and how it was determined, including existing uncertainties in our confidence and the stress from competing possibilities. It includes historical perspectives that illustrate the thinking about various scientific issues and their perceptions at the time.


    • Provides a historical panorama on how much the world has changed over the eons and the vast influence of carbon dioxide in these changes
    • Follows CO2 through acidic explosive waters, volcanic episodes, sequestered reservoirs, and the chemistry of life
    • Examines the broad scope of chemical and physical attributes carbon dioxide is capable of and their impacts

Much of the technological verbiage in various incorporated sciences has been modified to ease consumption by the non-expert. This book is a valuable resource for readers interested in the science of carbon dioxide as well as natural science, the environment, scientific methods, chemistry, and geological sciences.

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Book publisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
Publication date10 May 2019
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