Cosmic ray-induced reactions as a factor in the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere

I. P. Semiletov, Y. M. Kharlamov, A. I. Myagkikh, A. Y. Nikitin, I. I. Pipko

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In this paper, we shall discuss the possibility of CO2 removal indirectly through the lower/middle stratosphere via reactions with cosmic rays. We postulate this possibility based on a comparative analysis of the content of the cosmic ray-generated isotope 10Be in ice core samples from Greenland and Antarctica and of CO2 (a) in the air inclusions of an ice core from the Vostok station in Antarctica. The correlation coefficients between the 10Be and CO2 (a) concentrations calculated from the available experimental data for various times over the last climatic cycle suggest a significant negative correlation between the variation of the most important greenhouse gas, CO2 (a), and the indicator of cosmic-ray intensity, 10Be. -from Journal translation

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
JournalTransactions Doklady - Russian Academy of Sciences: Earth Science Sections
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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