Carbon: a Versatile Element

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  • Versatile nature of Carbon
  • Occurrence of carbon

Carbon: a Versatile Element

Carbon is one of the most common elements on Earth. It is found in free-form and also mixed with other elements. It is also one of the most important elements of life. Today, all lifeforms that exist on Earth are carbon-based. Also, life probably wouldn’t have existed without carbon and its compounds.

Food, clothes, medicines, books, and many things listed are all based on this versatile element of carbon. In addition, all living structures are carbon-based. The amount of carbon in the earth’s crust and atmosphere is quite meagre. The earth’s crust has only 0.02% carbon in the form of minerals (like carbonates, hydrogen carbonates, coal and petroleum), and the atmosphere has 0.03% of carbon dioxide. Despite this small amount of carbon available in nature, the importance of carbon seems to be immense. In this chapter, we will know about the properties of carbon which make carbon so important to us.

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