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Global Carbon Reserviors



Global Carbon Reservoirs
Carbon
Reservoir
Size
(Gigatons)
Atmosphere 750
Forests 610
Surface Oceans 1,580
Deep Ocean 38,100
Fossil Fuels 5,000
Coal 4000
Oil 500
Natural Gas 500
Natural Gas 500
Source: Kasting 1998



Continued: Extinction


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