Missing Carbon: CO2 Growth in the last 400,000 Years

This NASA animation presents the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide over the last 400,000 years, last 1000 years and last 25 years at different time scales. The data come from the Lake Vostok ice cores (400,000 BC to about 4000 BC), Law Dome ice cores (1010 AD to 1975 AD) and Mauna Loa observations (1980 to 2005).

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Greg Shirah
Jim Callatz
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Educators will need to supply their own context for this animation.

The resource doesn't address the title "Missing Carbon". See http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/search/Series/MissingCarbon.html.
This is the third video in the Missing Carbon series.

An explanation of missing carbon exercise is at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/BOREASCarbon/