Photo by Nikoline Arns
As sea levels are rising and beaches are being swept away, we protect beaches and coast lines around the world with olivine grinded into sand, just like on the actual natural olivine beach in Hawaii shown below. Deployment also works in shallow coastal waters, where underwater sand dunes dampen the destructive power of increasingly stronger waves. We are protecting our shorelines while reducing ocean acidity and permanently remove CO2. On land, olivine is used as the sand-of-choice, as well as to enrich soils worldwide. Science estimates the potential of olivine between 500 and 5000 gigaton. Seriously.
The green sand beach “Papakolea” in Hawaii
With our friends at Greensand, Green Minerals, Project Vesta and NIOZ we are working on the first olivine beach on the Dutch island of Texel. We work with Project Vesta on carbon accounting and refining the weathering rate in seawater. On land-based olivine use, proof of concept has been extensively delivered by a growing number of applications, like in this project (Dutch article) where 20.000 ton of olivine is already removing about half a million kg of CO2 per year.
Climate Cleanup with parters organised two global enhanced weathering science to action conferences. The last one took place on May 12, 2021. The conference materials can be found here.
Curious about the natural power of olivine?
The PDF links to Taylor et al (2016), who estimate that olivine weathering can remove between 500 and 5000 gigaton CO2 (a reduction of 30-300 ppm in atmospheric CO2) from the atmosphere this century.
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