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  1. 1. SULFUR CYCLE Group 5 Rey D. Abelita William Arcilla Jesher Arsenio Emma Fernandez Issa Maslog
  2. 2. AN INTRODUCTION – WHAT SULFUR IS• Sulfur (Sulphur in UK) is a member of Group VIA-> same as oxygen. Its name was derived from soufre, an Old French word which means “to burn”.• Antoine Lavoisier-> Helped convinced the Scientific Comm. That Sulfur = an element not a compound.• Oxygen unlike Sulfur, is in the second period, hence, no d orbitals.• The d orbitals allows additional electrons to be accommodated = six bonds instead of Oxygen’s two bonds.
  3. 3. AN INTRODUCTION – SULFUR AND ITS IMPORTANCE • In humanity, it is produced most specially in industries where it is used as solvent, catalyst and reactant to produce different organic compounds. (H2SO4) • In ecosystems as a whole, no matter what form (SO 2, H2SO4, H2S), Sulfur in its soluble form ===>plants ==>series of metabolic processes. ( starts photosynthesis) ---> Sulfur-bearing amino acids. • Sulfur -> Helps retain cellular structure; provides chemical links that creates collagen and keratin; Activator of minerals and vit.; • Sulfur (in protein assembly and structure) bonds-> known as disulfide bonds- > plays an important role. • Sulfur is also an important component of diff. enzymes such as coenzyme A, and of standard amino acids such as Cysteine. • Producers -------> Consumers [Sulfur in Amino Acids]
  4. 4. Cysteine Coenzyme A
  5. 5. THE SULFUR CYCLE• The sulfur cycle gaseous and sedimentary phases.• As an introductory note -> The long term sedimentary phase, Sulfur is tied up in organic and inorganic deposits, released by weathering and decomposition.• The gaseous phase permits the circulation on a global scale. [to be expound later]• Their main difference is in their exchange sites/ sites of occurrence. Sedimentary phase is mainly on the Earth’s surface (i.e rocks, sediments, etc.) while the gaseous form is on the atmosphere.• Reservoir: Oceans (aerosol/SO 4) ===> (CH3)2S, Atmosphere (Sulfur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulfide and Sulfates) , Organic and Inorganic Deposits (Sedimentary Rocks, Igneous Rocks such as pyrite or FeS 2.)• Exchange Pools: Hot Springs, Geysers, Surfaces of the Ocean,, Fossil Fuel Combustion, Volcanoes, Decomposing Matter
  6. 6. SEDIMENTARY AND GASEOUS
  7. 7. • Sedimentary cycle • Weathering of rock and leaching of its minerals, transport, deposition and burial.• Gaseous Cycle • A biogeochemical cycle with the main reservoir or pool of nutrients in the atmosphere and ocean
  8. 8. SULFUR ENTERS THE BIOSPHERE THROUGH • Natural Activity Carried through Weathering of rocks terrestrial environments and decomposition in salt solution. Consumers Plants
  9. 9. SULFUR ENTERS THE ATMOSPHERE THROUGH• Natural Activity • Human Activity Volcanic Burning of fossil eruptions, gases fuels, acidic drainage released by from mines decomposition Enters atmosphere as H2S and reacts with oxygen to form SO2
  10. 10. SO2 is soluble in Acid rain (H2SO4) H2Oconsumers plants
  11. 11. Death of Sulfur to the consumers atmospherePonds, lakes, sea s and oceans soil
  12. 12. Different kinds of bacteria process this sulfur Non-photosynthetic photosyntheticColorless sulfur Purple bacteria bacteria Green bacteria
  13. 13. Sulfur IronFerrous sulfide (FeS2)
  14. 14. Sulfur from the oceansReleased in the atmosphere as Dimethyl sulfide ((CH3)2S )Go back to the atmosphereby bacteria fixation, or sea sprays
  15. 15. GLOBAL SULFUR CYCLE
  16. 16.  Gaseous phase of sulfur cycle circulates on a global scale. 300 x 1012 grams/year
  17. 17. Each flux is shown in units of 1012 grams S/year
  18. 18. Atmosphere Sulfur dioxide (SO2) Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) Sulfate Particles
  19. 19.  Sulfate particles become part of dry deposition. (DRYFALL) Gaseous forms combines with moisture and are transported in precipitation.(WETFALL)
  20. 20.  Oceans  Large sources of aerosols that contain sulfate(SO4)  Most are redeposited in oceans as precipitation and dryfall.  Dimethylsulfide((CH3)2S) major gas emitted from oceans  Estimated 16 x1012 grams S/year is emitted
  21. 21.  Freshwater wetlands and anoxic soils  Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) Forest fires  3 x 1012 grams/year Marine Plants  130 x 1012 grams/year Volcanic activity  10 x 1012 grams S/year
  22. 22. Eruption of Mt. Pinatubo (1991)release on theorder of 5 to 10 x 1012 grams Sulfur
  23. 23.  Adding all anaerobic oxidation of organic matter 200 x 1012 grams/year
  24. 24. Since the Industrial Revolution, humanactivities have contributed to the amount ofsulfur that enters the atmosphere, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels and the processing of metals.
  25. 25. What exactly are we doing? Burn sulfur-containing coal and oil to produce electric power. Refine sulfur-containing petroleum to make gasoline, heating oil, and other useful products. Convert sulfur-containing metallic mineral ores into free metals such as copper, lead, and zinc. Mining  erosion (exposure of mineral sulfides)
  26. 26.  Emissions from these, along with nitrogen emissions, react with chemicals in the atmosphere SULFATE SALTS  ACID RAIN Damage the natural environment(affects both plants and animals) as well as man-made environmentsweathering/corrosion of buildings
  27. 27. Dry Deposition Gaseous sulfur dioxide component of the sulfur cycle and the nitrogen oxides of the nitrogen cycle mix in the atmosphere. Some of this mixture returns to the Earth as particulate matter and airborne gases, known as dry deposition
  28. 28. Effects For humans, it irritates the respiratory tract, from the nose then moves into the lungs and attacks sensitive tissues. High concentrations have caused a number of air-pollution disasters characterized by higher than expected death rates and increased incidences of bronchial asthma.
  29. 29. Wet deposition Major portion of D.D. is transported away from the source in a direction influenced by the atmospheric circulation. During their transport, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide and their oxidative products participate in complex reactions involving hydrogen chloride and other compounds, oxygen and water vapor. These reactions dilute solutions of strong acids (nitric and sulfuric acids). Eventually they come to earth in acidic rain, snow and fog. Sulfur dioxide combines with atmospheric moisture to form sulfuric acid which falls on land and water and forms significant part of acid rain
  30. 30. Effects Causes major damage to vegetation in areas surrounding the source of emission Injures or kills exposed plants Acidic aerosols present during periods of fog, light rain and high relative humidity together with moderate temperatures do the injury. External surfaces of the leaves absorb the aerosols. When dry, leaves and needles take up sulfur dioxide through the stomata. In the leaf, the sulfur dioxide rapidly reacts with moisture forming sulfuric acid.
  31. 31. Symptoms to sulfur damage are a bleached look to deciduousleaves and red-brown needs onconifers, partial defoliation and reduced growth.
  32. 32. Nutrient deficient soils Acid rain low pH level of soil nutrient leaching  reduce solubility and availability (macronutrients) and high availability of micronutrients (Al, Fe, Manganese toxicity)  inhibits fungal and bacterial activity  reduce humus production, mineralization and fixation of nutrients
  33. 33. Low pH level Nutrient Acid Rain of soil leaching Affects activity of Low: Macro High toxicitymicroorganis High: Micro ms Reduced humus Nutrientproduction, minera lization and nutrient fixation deficient soils 
  34. 34. In water… Sulfate and nitrogen ions replace bicarbonate ions, pH declines, and the concentration of metallic ions, especially aluminum, increases. Although adult fish and some aquatic organisms can tolerate high acidity, a combination of high acidity and high level of aluminum can kill them.
  35. 35.  Eggs and larvae of frogs and salamanders are sensitive to acidic water. Cause decline in amphibians/increased rate of mortality. Acidic waters – toxic to invertebrates either killing them directly or interfering with calcium metabolism (causing crustaceans to lose the ability to recalcify their shells after molting)
  36. 36. Corrosive

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