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Carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen and nitrogen but is does not form the lower layer of the atmosphere. Explain.

The diffusion of the gases is quite independent of the gravitational pull by the earth. The molecules of carbon dioxide remain distributed throughout the atmosphere. Therefore, carbon dioxide does not form the lower layer of the atmosphere.

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