ATOMIC SECRETS:

The Intimate Story of Two Wandering Carbon Atoms


Table of Contents

 

PREFACE

1) ESCAPE
Our heroes are shipped in a Liberian oil tanker to America.

2) COMBUSTION
Oxidized inside the engine of a hybrid car into CO2, Carla is shocked.

3) PHOTOSYNTHESIS I
Drifting south with oxygen atoms to a sugar cane field in Florida.

4) SUGAR
Harvested near Lake Okeechobee and refined as a sweetener.

5) PARENTERAL SOLUTION
Becoming medical in Texas.

6) CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA
Helping Kelly fight back in Madison, Wisconsin.

7) PHOTOSYNTHESIS II
Floating north to a little creek near Baraboo, Wisconsin.

8) UNDERWATER DENIZENS
Migrating from a diatom to a mayfly to a dragonfly.

9) WHOOPING IT UP
Eaten by a Whooping Crane in Baraboo.

10) PHOTOSYNTHESIS III
Floating east to the forests of Maine.

11) WOOD
Shipped as Spruce timber to Griffin, Georgia.

12) AIRCRAFT WINGS
Involved in restoring a Coot aircraft in Tennessee.

13) INTO THE OCEAN
Oxidized in an electrical fire, our heroes float east to the AtlanticOcean.

14) 2115
After being locked for a century in a seashell, Carla and Carlos discover a changed world.

Footnotes and After-thoughts

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