Taking the mass of the atmosphere to be 5.8E15 metric tons, what mass of carbon must be burned in order to increase the average carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere by 200ppm by volume (in metric tons)?
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Mass of Atmosphere = 5.8 x 1015 Metric Tons
Amount of CO2 required to increase the average Carbon Dioxide level by 200 ppm (parts per million)
= Mass of atmosphere x (200/ 106)
= (5.8 x 1015 ) x (200/ 106)
= (5.8 x 1015 ) x (200 x 10-6)
= (5.8 x 1015 ) x (2 x 10-4)
= (11.6 x 1011 ) metric Tons
The atomic weight of Carbon is 12
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