Water & Climate

NZ scientist helps understand how the Earth belches CO2

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The continent of Africa is slowly breaking apart, creating the East Africa rift which releases about 20 megatonnes of CO2 every year.

New Kiwi research from the University of Auckland has investigated why this rift is belching so much carbon.

They found that the deep earth moves in a way which creates a highly concentrated zone of carbon, which is released as CO2 from magma below the crust of the earth.

Source: University of Auckland