Earth  ID: 3307

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

The animation shows a graph of carbon dioxide (on the y-axis) versus time (on the x-axis). First data is shown from about the last 400,000 years. Next, this graph slides to the left and a new graph slides on showing carbon dioxide from the last 1000 years. NOTE: the y-axis scale remains the same. Finally, a graph showing carbon dioxide from 1980 to 2005 is shown. The industrial revolution is shown as a blue line. Lake Vostok ice cores provide data from about 400,000 BC to about 4000 BC; Law Dome ice cores provide data from 1010 AD to 1975 AD; Mauna Loa observations provide data from 1980 to 2005.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Jim Collatz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
Carbon Dioxide from Mauna Loa Measurements
1980 to 2005
Carbon Dioxide from Lawdome Ice Core
1010 AD to 1975 AD
Carbon Dioxide from Lake Vostok Ice Core
411,005 BC to 3674 BC
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Missing Carbon

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GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version