Carbon is the basis for all life on our planet
Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society describes why carbon is the most important element on our planet.
Carbon provides the foundation for all known forms of life. Each carbon atom can bond in different ways, which means carbon can bond to a wide variety of other elements.
According to scientists, it is possible that elements other than carbon may be the building blocks for life beyond Earth. Silicon, for example, shares a lot of similarities with carbon including its ability to bond to oxygen.
Video Credit: American Chemical Society