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HOUSTON (Reuters) - A short distance from Spindletop oil field, the site of the gusher that triggered the Texas oil rush more than a century ago, scientists have found a purpose for the long-disused underground reservoirs -- as storage for the pollution emitted by burning fossil fuels.
In the depleted South Liberty oil field near the town of Dayton, a University of Texas team successfully pumped 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide -- the principal greenhouse gas -- into the reservoirs of briny water more than 5,000 feet underground.
Scientists say those porous rock formations, which extend for hundreds of miles from Mexico to Alabama, could be ideally suited to storing the greenhouse gases widely blamed for global warming.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
I echo sardion's thoughts.
Is there any naturally occuring deposits of carbon dioxide? Will these stored deposits cause damage to the inner earth? Won't these gases leech out over time?
Originally posted by Corinthas
Co2 mixing with H2o amkes... acid... CH2O3? Something like that anyway... ahhh... hang on a quick google has revealed this : carbonic acid is H2CO3\
So you are tuning the water into acid... nice thirst quencher.