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Why almost all coal was made at the same time

November 20, 2019

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  • Reply Steve Mould October 27, 2019 at 8:55 am


    So this video was quite rushed because I wanted to get it out in time for the #teamtrees launch. Here are a couple of things I got wrong:

    Not ALL coal was made during the carboniferous period. There exists some younger coal here and there that formed under rare conditions that enabled it in spite of the presence of capable fungi. I did film myself saying that but it was lost it my rushed edit.

    Photosynthesis is more complicated than I described. It involves water for a start. And it seems that the oxygen released during photosynthesis comes from the H₂O not the CO₂. Though I haven't be able to verify that.

    And here's a non-correction! The thing I was holding up at the start was not charcoal. It was a coal dust briquette. You could argue that the briquette was made recently but the coal it's made of is old!

    So yeah, the thrust of the video still stands but it's been a learning opportunity for me!

    A final thought on planting trees for carbon capture. A lot of comments saying "what's the point? When the trees die the decomposers will release the CO₂ back into the atmosphere. But really this is more about planting *forests*. In a forest, when a tree dies, another tree grows in its place recapturing the carbon. But also, it's my understanding that it takes a very long time to release the CO₂. Like hundreds of years. So in terms of tackling climate change which is a problem of human time scales, it's a useful endeavour.

  • Reply JAG November 8, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    CO2 is in fact a green house gas. Unfortunately it has been ruled as a pollutant by the EPA and upheld by the courts. Utter nonsense. Methane and water vapor, both green house gasses, exist in higher quantities than CO2. What do the tree huggers plan to do about them and particularly water vapor. You know water vapor? The stuff which comprises 70% of human bodies.

  • Reply Oz9 November 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    or.. we could all just plant trees

    20mil views 20mil trees, i've planted 3 since this vid aired. Oh yeah, then there would be no $$ for you all to split lolol

  • Reply yousef shishani November 8, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    When you mention that bacteria evolved due to evolution is not scientifically proven theory, so its not science it is b$$$$$$t.

  • Reply jason4522 November 8, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Coal was formed at mostly the same time. It was during Noah’s flood. Pretty simple. And it doesn’t take “millions of years” for things to petrify.

  • Reply Chickenlegs41 November 9, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Y'all understand that he was holding a charcoal briquette and NOT a lump of coal right? I burned about 80-100 tons of coal so trust me I know what it looks like,

  • Reply Ken Oliver November 9, 2019 at 2:32 am

    A strange definition of "at the same time" – it covers a span of 600,000 centuries (360-300M years BP).

  • Reply Reuben Miller November 9, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Trees placed vertically through the coal layers are clear evidence against this process taking a long time. This video is filled with the imaginary, unproven and unobservable "facts" .

  • Reply Robert Hunter November 9, 2019 at 3:33 am

    That’s not coal

  • Reply goodshorts November 9, 2019 at 6:22 am

    the flood

  • Reply Bhadrinath November 9, 2019 at 10:59 am

    3:08 wildfire? cuts off production? those better be intentional tree puns, Steve, if not, that's disappointing

    Edit : 3:06

  • Reply AT Johnson November 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Showing a brickette made from wood charcoal at the start was probably not the best idea, but a good video and explanation nonetheless

  • Reply Pest 138 November 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Certain nations are harvesting more tree's than they plant, the U.S. is not one of those nations.

  • Reply Terje Rove Pettersen November 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    In the series Cosmos, Neil D. Tyson also mentiones this, but he also says something else. Because of the lack of decomposition, the oxygen "piles up" in the atmosphere, making way for BIG insects.

  • Reply Braam Hanekamp November 9, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Your argument is only partial correct. For the amount of plant matter to build up over 60,000,000 years , there had to be an insane amount of carbon dioxide in the air. No carbon dioxide , no plants. Most probably up to 30 % of the atmosphere. The question to be answered thus, " Are we not then in a carbon drought " period? Seems to me to be! Get rid of the plastics and man made non natural gasses and all will be well.!

  • Reply radornkeldam November 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    No, it was the flood.

  • Reply Thomas Fleig November 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    The level of CO² in the atmosphere, millions of years ago, was 10 times higher than it is today and the planet flourished. More plants grew in places that can't grow today, which provided plenty of food. So these climate change fanatics are idiots. What's going to happen when the earth goes into the next ice age, which the earth is in 80% of the time? We can survive a little more heat, but we can't survive an ice age.

  • Reply Rocket Rockstar November 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    What about coking coal that is used to make steel?

  • Reply Alexey Yavlyukhin November 9, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I really appreciate you taking part in the Team Trees campaign! It's really awesome that so many youtubers are promoting this!

  • Reply FunGames November 10, 2019 at 1:16 am

    What we need is a way to manufacture coal from plastic.

  • Reply Mefodon November 10, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Sorry. Trees dont turn carbondioxide into oxygen. They turn water into oxygen. Missed the biology lessons dude? ^^

  • Reply Yiu Siu November 10, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Great and fun story!!! FYI, more than 1 billion trees have been planted so far through a plan called ‘ant forest’.

  • Reply uruiamnot November 10, 2019 at 7:04 am

    20 Million trees is stupid. With estimates of 3 TRILLION trees in existence that are somewhat mature, planting 20 million juvenile trees is obtuse. I think that there are roughly 20 to 60 million trees in the county that I live in. This is just a "Feel Good" fake project that has no meaning. Why don't you donate a kidney or cornea something… you've got two of them.

  • Reply Espen Hæhre November 10, 2019 at 7:18 am

    So the real problem is the bacteriae that breaks down trees?

  • Reply Matthew Street November 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Why should we bother pulling carbon out of the atmosphere? Climate change is a hoax.

  • Reply No Left Turns November 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    CO2 is great for plants – the more the better.
    Which is food for humans
    CO2 as a greenhouse gas is 1/100,000 as "harmful" to warming the earth as water vapor.
    which means the more CO2 the more food to eat

  • Reply Mortally Challenged November 10, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    So the trees were like plastic today.

  • Reply Grizzly Andy November 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Can imagine all the butthurt wailings of creationists who think the earths only 6000yrs old,who use coal and oil daily…………………….

  • Reply Michael cargle November 10, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Is this possibly a case for a massive flood that covered all of the earth? If all the coal was made at the same time! I think the age of the coal is the only issue that might be fudged!

  • Reply Eben WY November 10, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I play Minecraft, and I can confirm this is true

  • Reply ijsbrand van Roekel November 10, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Is this also true for crude oil?

  • Reply eric debord November 10, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    we will learn someday that planting all those trees was a bad idea , especially if the trees are all the same .
    California is on fire because it's too stupid to cut some trees down.

  • Reply SumGuy3000 November 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Did earth experience an ice age during that time since all the CO2 greenhouse gas was being pulled out of the air?

  • Reply J H November 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    no dummy it is because of the flood that is why there are layers and why there is coal. You are stupid or you are a liar both are nothing to be proud of. By the way did you tell the audience that the rocks are dated by the layer they are found in. The layers are made by hydrologic sorting.

  • Reply Peter Jongsma November 11, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Very informative.
    Thank you.
    Also easy to remember and sound really smart when you're at the Office Party.
    Plant Trees and Stop Global Warming.
    Win Win.

  • Reply LOE J November 11, 2019 at 3:04 am

    300 million years ago? Probably not. There was a world wide flood about 4400 years ago and that would explain how all the coal was formed at the same time.

  • Reply Anthony Kiser November 11, 2019 at 3:23 am

    This isnt all true. I worked in the coal mining industry for 20 years. And though I have no PhD in geology I have studied it for years. Anthracite coal is far older than bituminous coal. And there are peat Boggs all over the world that are in the first stages of becoming coal so no its not all the same age.

  • Reply ModeLed November 11, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Very interesting. I never researched this before. I always thought you needed fire or heat to make coal, and all the coal was forest fired wood.

  • Reply R-77 November 11, 2019 at 11:11 am

    we should ban volcanoes

  • Reply Ambrose November 11, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Something just occurred to me. this may sound stupid but if all the co2 was already here in the first place then how can it have such a bad affect on the world?

  • Reply benjaminhon86 November 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    You need to cut down existing trees, bury them and plant new trees, then repeat again

  • Reply smiler Little November 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Ok but that doesn’t explain why the earth is FLAT

  • Reply cowfy Kaufman November 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    I love to grow tree plantlings & i give them away to neighbors. As far as the Theory of the formation of coal the conditions can't be repeated so it remains theory. I say maybe. Of course there'll be those who swallow it whole without question.Sort of making science theory their religion. P.T.Barnum clients. Highly educated fools.Good luck planting as many trees as you can.

  • Reply medexamtoolsdotcom November 11, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    No, trying to solve global warming by planting trees is pure nonsense. Do you have any idea how small a fraction of the biomass of the ecosphere turns into fossil fuels? All that's going to happen is the trees will take the carbon dioxide out of the air for a few years, and then they will be broken down by bacteria and then it's right back in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, if not worse, methane. You don't see a lot of million year old WOOD lying around do you. That's because it decomposes completely and does ZIP for taking carbon dioxide out of the air. Nor does reducing consumption have an effect. The ONLY way is to take carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it into pure carbon or hydrocarbons, to REPLENISH the fossil fuels by making them artificially. And that would produce something that was actually economically valuable too, and that's what would need to be done, that's the only way out of that mess. You can't just spend a bunch of government money taking the carbon dioxide out of the air, you need to do it in the process of making something of value that makes it pay for itself.

  • Reply Christopher November 11, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    If we plant more trees won't all that carbon they trap be released by our modern day bacteria and fungi since they can break down the lignants or whatever, maybe we should just learn how the trees separate the o2 from carbon and have solar panels that produce coal rather than electricity, and just bury that coal.

  • Reply Kevlar88 November 12, 2019 at 12:16 am

    3:21 i live about 5min drive from that Bend. 🙂

  • Reply Luis Felipe Mahecha Escobar November 12, 2019 at 2:32 am

    This video is wrong. One of the biggest coal mines worldwide is Cretacic, early tertiary in age, located in north Colombia. Cerrejon and Drummond companies exploit them. Also non Carboniferous coal is recovered here, only post Cretaceous. I love your videos, sadly this one got me mad. I'm a geologist.

  • Reply The Comedic November 12, 2019 at 8:25 am

    "Sorry I can't come into work I have lignen"

  • Reply Tim Bushell November 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Shared… … nicely done.

  • Reply dojinho November 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Interesting idea, but how many trees do humans cut down (or burn) each year? 20 M is just a drop in the ocean.
    The objective should be 200 B at the very least. That's if we stop burning forests down to make room for pastures to raise animals for meat. And if nature plays along and slows down its tendency to spread wildfires all over the globe.
    So while 200 B are being planted, we NEED to stop burning fossil fuels and simultaneously find other ways to reject solar energy to space. The good news is it is feasible. The bad news is until extreme weather events start to really affect rich countries, especially the US — which currently boasts the most anti-science administration in the World — we can't expect too much action to be undertaken to reverse the most ominous predictions for what's in store for human society.

  • Reply E T November 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Yup I'm not convinced, so someone needs $20,000,000.00 to plant trees? So to plant a tree you must have a tree to plant already. Be a virtuous person and plant it as I have and never asked for a penny…

  • Reply SirJMDDK November 12, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    "Sorry, you can't donate in this country or region yet.
    " – Smart.

  • Reply Icriedtoday November 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Wow, you go through enormous kaniptions to avoid confessing that the whole climate change cult is based upon horrific science.

  • Reply Andrew Landen November 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Planting trees is the best idea I've heard for reducing carbon dioxide, if that were a real issue, and yet leftists would rather just destroy humanity through the Green New Deal and the Paris Climate Accord. We aren't even close to the CO2 sweet spot for plants yet, and not even 1/20th of the CO2 this world has seen with no adverse effects, and yet leftists are going into an hysteria about the end of the world like religious zealots. Get a grip, and plant trees if you are really worried about it. And maybe join a vanpool while you are at it.

  • Reply justin h November 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I really think that the companies that cut down trees by the masses should get taxed extra and that those taxes should go to a group that uses it to specifically plant trees, very similar to the #teamtrees thingy.

  • Reply Danielle Stoop November 12, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Great video, thank you so much. I just want to say something about this team tree initiative. I think it's a good idea but I feel it would be far more effective to raise money and awareness to help combat the problems globally that contribute to the excessive consumption of trees in the first place. Like poverty turning people to logging and also bad regulations and the demand for so much wood and a whole lot of complex issues that I think should be dug into more intensively. Like it's a great idea to plant more trees and it's better than nothing but it kind of comes undone when there are still more trees getting chopped down than planted. I think to raise enough money and awareness to actually make a big enough impact, those resources could be better spent helping people who need it and turning people away from cutting down the trees in the first place.

  • Reply Annzu November 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    imho climate change is constant process and it is less of a problem than not.

  • Reply Pug November 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I feel like you're actively judging me but trying not to show it and stay focused while you're explaining things from your facial expressions.

  • Reply Trent Kopp November 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Hey Steve, you look like this guy I know named Joel

  • Reply 6Twisted November 12, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    The audio is way too quiet.

  • Reply aMTBer November 13, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Noahs flood did it.

  • Reply brett54 November 13, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Mr. Mould talking about fungi

  • Reply LifeHacks4You November 13, 2019 at 7:27 am

    About 4400 years ago. It was called a flood

  • Reply Doctor Music November 13, 2019 at 8:59 am

    What an idiot… the end he's just another dumbfuck who is into climatechangedumbfuckery.
    The planet is actually greening with all the CO2. EXCESS CO2is actually good for flora to thrive and just by showing a clearing it doesn't mean the planet is not recovering. Maybe the glaciers melting and the seas shifting the coastlines is part of the perpetual healing and change. If you live around those parts you got to move bro. Bad planning is always punished by mother nature.

  • Reply Rocky November 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Because millions of pounds of organic matter was buried at once during the great flood. Checkmate atheist.

  • Reply Jonny B November 13, 2019 at 11:19 am

    4:30 What do we do? Plant trees in the atmosphere so it's just an endless cycle… right

  • Reply Colin Weston-Small November 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    If we plant lots of trees and they pull lots of CO2 from the atmosphere, wont it all go back into the atmosphere when the trees die? making this a short term plan.. (dont we need to lock the Carbon back in the ground?)

  • Reply StuartD777 November 13, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Interesting theory.. I'm curious what the evidence is to support this idea? Or is it just a theory someone has come up with to try to explain why all the coal seems to have been created at one time?

    I have an alternate theory, which i'm sure a lot of people here wont like to even entertain.. but I would encourage you to be open minded and consider the possibility, after all, open-mindedness is a key trait for someone who is scientific and really looking for truth;

    Some time in the past there was a sudden and catastrophic, global flood. All of the plants and trees were submerged under perhaps a mile of water. This flood kicked up huge mounts of dirt and soil, which over time began to settle, covering and burying all of the vegetation. The massive amount of dirt now covering the vegetation, as well as the mile or so of water, exerted massive amounts of pressure onto this layer of trapped vegetation, providing the perfect conditions for it to turn into coal.

    I know a lot of people don't believe this global flood happened.. but hypothetically; lets say it did happen; would it not provide the perfect conditions to create coal?
    It would explain why all the coal seems to have come into existence at one time. And why no more coal has been created since.. because there hasn't been another worldwide flood of this extend since then.

    And for those who might ask where all that water went.; It didn't go anywhere, its still here. Just look at a globe.. where do you think all this water came from?

  • Reply MuFⅎ November 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    trees also produce co2 when not performing photosynthesis

  • Reply Sho Yu Weeni November 14, 2019 at 12:24 am

    "We" is a misnomer. The third world is cutting down more than they plant. The first world has more trees now than it did pre-industrial revolution.

  • Reply onehit pick November 14, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Instead of donating, could we just plant a tree?

  • Reply James Byrne November 14, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Where did all the oil come from? Same kind of thing? [Donated too – great cause]

  • Reply Gord Kane November 14, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I was tracking along until the bit about CO2 being a greenhouse gas. CO2 comprises far less than 2% of the total atmospheric gases. Water vapor is ~98% of the volume of greenhouse gasses. Fix that bubba

  • Reply David H November 14, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Yep science tells us a lot of things like evolution and dna etc but when they talk about the so called fossil fuels they aren’t completely sure which is why they keep trying to convince us of it much like the gender cultists and climate alarmists. Evolution exists but not Darwin’s theory but where in nature have we in our history have we seen evolution in action? Enlighten me oh geniuses of you tube.

  • Reply Mathew G November 14, 2019 at 8:13 am

    statistical analysis proves that there is no correlation between climate change and carbon emissions.

  • Reply kleenbeats November 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Steve, why are we not using moss to reduce C02? (Smaller footprint, far more efficient than trees)

  • Reply Patrick Heaney November 15, 2019 at 12:30 am

    I never hear of these Climate Change Activists pushing the Amazing and Obvious Goal of Planting more trees – it is too simple and obvious for them. Yes, no one can argue against planting more trees. We can all say Yes to this noble Goal. Yes Yes Yes

  • Reply Green Beast November 15, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Wrong. That charcoal briquette in your hand was man made from heating wood. People make coal all the time. Natural mined coal is more realistic. But that crap is fresh made and not real coal. That's charcoal. Here learn about some Charcoal.

  • Reply Maverick Harrold November 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    This is because of Noah's flood!

  • Reply Seamus Ó Raghallaigh November 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    How much of each dollar does team trees pocket for themselves I wonder? Almost all charities are a racket who's primary beneficiaries are their management. Better off planting your own trees instead of making some CEO tree hugger a millionaire.

  • Reply Amit Tripathi November 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Planting trees isn't enough…They should survive I hope they take care of trees they plant atleast for a year

  • Reply Curtis Jensen November 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Because of the great flood, probably.

  • Reply Brit Hey November 16, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Great video until "climate change is a real problem" and we should "reduce the amount of CO2 we produce." That's not science. For all we know climate change is a good thing and the increase of CO2 is helping plants grow faster and making the Earth greener. But hey, don't want to become unpopular. So ignore this comment.

  • Reply John Snow November 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

    million years later, when human disappeared from earth for a long time, next genaration of civilazition discover a thick layer of plastic all over the world, they name it [coal].

  • Reply Félix Cavazos November 16, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    This video was so good and interesting, I'm actually gonna go and plant a tree because of it.
    Amazing content, Steve.

  • Reply Devon Cooke November 17, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I'm taking a geology class right now, and I recently wrote a paper about biological sedimentary rocks like coal. It's so interesting to have a material that's not quite rock and not quite organism. You can burn it, you can't burn rocks.

  • Reply Dynamic Solution November 17, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    All coal was made at the same time after the great flood 5000 years ago.

  • Reply C J November 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    The thumbnail look like a black truffle video

  • Reply Adam Holmes November 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    I had a friend who used to make coal, he was a real Fun Guy(fungi)

  • Reply Adam Wspaniały November 18, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Assuming you're CO2 emissions are of average American you would have to plant at least 2 trees per day every single day, through your entire life to just barely get the CO² from the atmosphere into the trees produced by a single person in their life. Assuming also all those trees will survive and don't get destroyed by fires, diseases etc. The scale of the problem is way bigger than people realize.

  • Reply Casy Leer November 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    The coal from the mega trees that were cut down by the fallen angels centuries ago, That's a fact….

  • Reply AguaFluorida November 19, 2019 at 1:13 am

    This is like saying all human experience is happening at the same time…

  • Reply Lil NUGGY November 19, 2019 at 2:40 am

    The earth wasn’t made billions of years ago :/
    It was created 7k or 8k years ago
    God made the world 😀

  • Reply Dawid Wapenaar November 19, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Could the high sulphur content in coal not be an indication of a period of increased h2so4 in the atmosphere?

  • Reply tan j maz November 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    … I don't care how maney trees you plant you will never fix the problem … plant your 20 million trees I will burn them down … good luck you hippy clowns ..

  • Reply William Pereira Gomes November 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    What is ligaments

  • Reply TIMOTHY L Christians November 19, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Not million years old!

  • Reply caycug1 November 19, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Please, everyone SEND ME MONEY so that I can save the planet.

  • Reply george lupascu November 20, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Yeah, but Thunderf00t is right. This is almost like doing nothing, but in an expensive way.

  • Reply Christopher AI November 20, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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