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

This NASA animation shows the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide over different time scales. Viewers can compare the last 400,000 years, last 1000 years, and last 25 years. 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," so it's suggested that the focus of this video is just on the changes of atmospheric CO2.

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