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Stone dust can save Earth's atmosphere from CO2
- July 27, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
The problem of an excessively high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of our Earth is the most indicative and even critical in the context of preserving and improving global environmental indicators – and therefore it is hardly surprising that research in the field of improving the earth's ecology is one of the highest priorities. It is worth noting the fact that today a talented team of chemical engineering specialists from the University of Sheffield presented their special approach to rid the atmosphere of our planet from excessive amounts of carbon monoxide by erosion and weathering of rock and using its dust particles for crops.
On the one hand, this approach may sound like something really strange and not quite suitable at first glance as a long-term measure for improving the earth's ecology – however, exactly until the moment when a person does not figure out what's what. The fact is that most rocks are natural absorbers of carbon dioxide, especially at the time of their decay, and that is why experts decided to accelerate this process, applying a whole set of procedures for their decomposition and weathering in relation to the rock.
The resulting stone chips and dust have even more pronounced CO2 uptake properties, and when used near crops and other green spaces, it works as a closed system, where a large amount of CO2 is first absorbed, and then, when released, it has time to evaporate due to green spaces. even before it reaches the maximum point of the Earth's atmosphere. So their new approach may actually be the most effective.
However, the final question regarding such an effective measure to combat excessive amounts of carbon dioxide is how quickly and accurately experts will be able to imagine any coherent and interesting way of applying such a procedure on a global scale, or at least on a national scale. Because it is precisely in the unity and simultaneous application of such a method that one can count on a somewhat effective result.