Carbon dioxide dangers demonstration model

Open-File Report 2010-1174
By:  and 



Carbon dioxide is a dangerous volcanic gas. When carbon dioxide seeps from the ground, it normally mixes with the air and dissipates rapidly. However, because carbon dioxide gas is heavier than air, it can collect in snowbanks, depressions, and poorly ventilated enclosures posing a potential danger to people and other living things. In this experiment we show how carbon dioxide gas displaces oxygen as it collects in low-lying areas. When carbon dioxide, created by mixing vinegar and baking soda, is added to a bowl with candles of different heights, the flames are extinguished as if by magic.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Carbon dioxide dangers demonstration model
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2010-1174
DOI 10.3133/ofr20101174
Edition -
Year Published 2010
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Volcano Science Center-Long Valley Observatory
Description Downloadable Video, 4:21 min; Sound File, 4:21 min; Transcript
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional metadata about this publication, not found in other parts of the page is in this table