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Researchers await launch of NASA carbon observatory
June 25, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

nasa-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have been heavily involved in the design, development and testing of a NASA observatory set to launch at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Restoring balanceto carbon cycle
April 16, 2008

Like the water cycle, carbon takes different forms as it cycles through the ocean, land and atmosphere.

 

In the gaseous form — carbon dioxide — it is absorbed by vegetation, which in turn is eaten by animals. At death, the carbon is returned to the soil as organic matter — accumulating over the eons into coal and oil deposits.

 

Since the onset of the industrial revolution, however, burning of these fossil fuels has created an imbalance in the cycle leading to a steady increase in atmospheric CO2.

 

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