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Where Does Gasoline Go?

About 5.5 pounds of the six pound weight of a gallon of gasoline is carbon. This graphic shows a gallon of gasoline beside 5.5 pounds of pure carbon in the form of graphite.
About 5.5 pounds of the six pound weight of a gallon of gasoline is carbon. This graphic shows a gallon of gasoline beside 5.5 pounds of pure carbon in the form of graphite.
In the U.S., we burn over a gallon of gasoline per person, per day. What becomes of all that? What does it have to do with the Critical Zone? This blog post investigates these questions with powerful but simple visuals that can be easily translated to classroom use.

Grades 6 - 14
Climatology/Meteorology • Biology/Ecology • Outreach/EducationResearch • SocialScience
Information • Demo • Video


Educational Objectives

  1. Explain why burning a six pound gallon of gasoline produces 19 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  2. Communicate the scale of carbon dioxide emissions by describing the carbon cycle through the story of gasoline.

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Audience
K-12
General Public
Higher Education


Observatory: National CZO

Author(s): Don Haas