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Fact Sheet 2010–3122

The Concept of Geologic Carbon Sequestration

By Douglas W. Duncan and Eric A. Morrissey


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Geologic carbon sequestration is a method of securing carbon dioxide in deep geologic formations to prevent its release to the atmosphere and contribution to global warming as a greenhouse gas. This fact sheet discusses some of the major concepts associated with geologic carbon sequestration.

First posted March 2011

For additional information contact:
U.S. Geological Survey
Energy Resources Program
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 915A
Reston, VA 20192


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Duncan, D.W., and Morrissey, E.A., 2011, The concept of geologic carbon sequestration: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010-3122, 2 p., available at

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