dstaples at livingston.net
Sat Mar 1 14:27:18 EST 1997
The following was noted and forwarded as a simplistic answer to sequestering. From
Texas Forestry Association newsletter.
"Forests are oxygen factories. To grow a pound of wood, a typical tree uses nearly a
pound and a half of carbon dioxide and gives off more that a pound of oxygen. An acre
of trees might grow 4,000 pound of wood a year, use 5,880 pounds of carbon dioxide and
give off 4,280 pounds of oxygen in the process. When a forest gets old and over
crowded, the trees barely grow. They start to use oxygen rather than produce it. An
old forest may also have more wood decaying than growing. Then that happens, the
process reverses: for every pound of wood decaying, a pound of oxygen is used and
nearly one and a half pounds of carbon dioxide is released into the air."
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