Studying Soot Compaction in the Cloud Chamber (video) Michigan Technological University Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption When carbon burns -- whether it's the charcoal on your barbecue or from a forest fire -- soot is released into the atmosphere. But what goes up must come down, so what happens to soot? Credit Michigan Tech Usage Restrictions Please credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.