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What if Carbon Left Your Tailpipe as Solid Chunks?

Together, all the cars on Earth would leave quite the pile of carbon behind—every day.

Publish Date: Topic: Planet EarthPlanet EarthNova
By Sukee Bennett

When fossil fuels are burned, they release carbon dioxide, an invisible and odorless gas, into the atmosphere. What would happen if carbon emerged from our car tailpipes as a solid?

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