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Smokestack - Public Domain by MorguefileCarbon is element number six in the periodic table. Though small in size, it is not of little importance. It is the element of life, it being one of the atoms that readily links to itself, making millions of compounds containing carbon possible. It takes a variety of forms in nature, including graphite, charcoal, buckyballs, and diamond. Carbon is used to harden steels. Carbon is found in both fossil fuels—coal and oil. It is found in the important greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, now implicated in global warming. The newly discovered graphene form of carbon displays unusual optical and electrical properties and is also of special interest for certain anomalous quantum effects. Read and learn more about this fascinating substance in articles by Bright Hub contributors.

Latest Articles on Carbon
Carbon Offsetting: Is it Effective?

Carbon Offset programs have been around for several years, but not all programs are equal, and some have been proven to be scams. How can you be sure the program is effective?...

Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle

Carbon is one of the most plenteous elements found on earth and is essential for all life. The carbon cycle consists of biogeochemical progressions in which the carbon is subjected...

Keeping Coal as a Viable Power Source for Electrical Power Generation and Industry

Coal-fired power generating facilities spew vast quantities of the greenhouse gas CO2 into our atmosphere. However, there is a technology that could allow these facilities to keep operating...

The Basics of the Carbon Cycle

All living things need the carbon cycle to survive. Here we will explore this cycle and the important aspects that you need to know....

Most Popular Articles on Carbon
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    The Basics of the Carbon Cycle

    All living things need the carbon cycle to survive. Here we will explore this cycle and the important aspects that you need to know....

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    Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle

    Carbon is one of the most plenteous elements found on earth and is essential for all life. The carbon cycle consists of biogeochemical progressions in which the carbon is subjected to chemical reactions...

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    The Geosphere and Hydrosphere: Roles in Global Warming

    Global warming may be happening; but to truly understand the impact of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, it is necessary to understand the carbon cycle which is the movement of carbon between...

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    Atomic Structure of Amino Acids

    Amino acids are the structural components of proteins. But what is the atomic structure of amino acids? This article demystifies and explains the structures and properties of all twenty amino acids...

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    What Biochar Is and How it's Made

    The biochar making process is called pyrolysis and offers a sustainable and effective means of producing energy from biomass and eventually, confiscating the carbon from the atmosphere in a form called...

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How Carbon Credits Can Protect Our Environment

In terms of how humans affect our environment global climate change is the biggest issue that must be addressed. Carbon credits are one way to deal with this. How do carbon credits...

The Geosphere and Hydrosphere: Roles in Global Warming

Global warming may be happening; but to truly understand the impact of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, it is necessary to understand the carbon cycle which is the movement...