The Ecology of Superheroes

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Superheroes – imaginary and real – aren’t all that super on their own…here’s why.

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To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
carbon sequestration: the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide
productivity: the rate of generation of biomass (and therefore carbon storage) in an ecosystem

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