Is Oxygen exhaustible?

By Nic
@academic2 (7011)
Uganda
July 28, 2008 8:15am CST
Our planet has been around for close to 10s of Billions of years-is there a possibly that our oxygen reserves will run out dry in time? The water bodies, especially certain fresh water bodies are already drying up-do you see oxygen running out from our atmosphere?
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6 responses
• India
28 Jul 08
Put together all the living beings on the earth.. the total consumption of oxygen is less than one in billionth or so.. and the resources are aplenty and never it will get exhausted, friend. Have good time.
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@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
28 Jul 08
That is a very scientific assurance-and I think you have settled me down-because if our current usage is just 1 in a Billionth then I have cause to have sleepless nights!
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
28 Jul 08
Hello dear academic friend. I do not see oxygen running out from our atmosphere, but I am sure that it is running out as time goes by...
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@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
28 Jul 08
Hey Sir William-it looks like that is true, but we must keep our plant life forms in plenty or else we shall face a problem
@lyzabelle (1669)
• Philippines
28 Jul 08
That is one thing I'm afraid to think about. If that happens we all die instantly. I just hope it will never happen. If that happens I hope there's an alternative already invented if that times arrive.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
As the ecology of the earth is currently operating, oxygen is not exhaustable. Perhaps, if we did something stupid to kill of a high percentage of plants, which do emit oxygen, after breathing in CO2, then the oxygen could be depleted, maybe. A chemist could answer this question better.
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
28 Jul 08
You are at least consoling when you say...As the ecology of the earth is currently operating, oxygen is not exhaustable... but the activities of humans may offset this ecological balance and that is my biggest fear
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Yes, you are exactly right. That was my point. I should have elaborated.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
28 Jul 08
In theory that is possible if we destroy enough vegetation. If we use up more than what's produced, we are in trouble. Although at that point they may find an artificial process to create oxygen. Who knows! But if we are not careful, we will eventually ruin this planet.
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
28 Jul 08
My villages have descended on trees with a vengence for charcoal-they have discovered that they can alleviate poverty by cutting down trees, am affraid these panks dont know soon we shall have no oxygen left for our grand children
• India
28 Jul 08
friend , I don't recon that such a stuff is possible as long as plants exists. you might have heard that plant take in CO2 and gives out O2 and thats true. plants really replenish the oxygen reserve on our planet... otherwise the reserve would had been exhausted long ago..
@academic2 (7011)
• Uganda
28 Jul 08
Do you worry about this close link beteween plants and oxygen, given the stupid nature of man that cuts down trees mindlessly with out any replacement?