Find out how carbon dioxide can be stored deep in the earth. This fact sheet provides information on carbon capture and storage, also known as carbon sequestration. It includes an outline of how carbon is captured and separated, and describes how carbon dioxide is stored in geologic formations. Two diagrams illustrate the process of carbon storage.
Educational value statement
- Explains how carbon dioxide can be stored in oil and gas reservoirs, coal seams and saline formations
- Provides a good example of the values and needs of contemporary society influencing the focus of scientific research
- Can be downloaded as a PDF or MSWord file.
Key learning objectives
- Students describe the physical processes involved in carbon capture and storage.
- Students recognise that scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available and that more research on carbon capture and storage is required.
- Students describe the types of geological structures that can be used for carbon sequestration.
- Science Understanding: Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences
- Science as a Human Endeavour: Nature and development of science; Use and influence of science.
Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACSSU077; ACSSU095; ACSHE120; ACSHE134; ACSHE220