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Storing carbon emission in deep ocean rocks could reduce effects of global warming

Delila James | Science Recorder | December 05, 2013

Storing carbon emission in deep ocean rocks could reduce effects of global warming

Global warming may be thwarted by a few simple changes.

Researchers from the University of Southampton say centuries’ worth of carbon dioxide could be safely stored deep beneath the ocean in the basalt rocks of the earth’s upper crust. If such a massive sequestration of fossil fuel emissions turns out to be feasible, further increases in global warming could be averted.

Chiara Marieni, a PhD student based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, studied the properties of CO2 in an effort to develop global maps of the ocean floor to estimate where large volumes of the greenhouse gas could be safely stored.

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