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This US startup uses volcanic rock dust to capture carbon on farms

A start-up is utilizing basalt rock to enhance carbon capture. Image: Anton Maksimov 5642.su/Unsplash

Adele Peters

Staff Writer, Fast Company

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Lithos CEO Mary Yap and her team out in the field
From left: Lithos CEO Mary Yap, Dr Chris Reinhard, Dr Noah Planavsky. Image: Lithos
Area filled with basalt rock.
Basalt is a type of volcanic rock. Image: Lithos
Spreading basalt rock dust on a field.
Lithos sells carbon credits based on its work and then pays farmers for the service. Image: Lithos
Tractor spreading basalt rock dust over farmland.
The rocks themselves are byproducts of mining, so there isn’t currently any additional carbon footprint. Image: Lithos
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