the carbon cycle? The carbon cycle plays an important role to earth.As humans are trying to change the cycle, life onearth will be dangerously affected. Trees and plantlife helps to prevent carbon from building in oneplace. To fulfill the ever growing consumptiondemands of natural resources, humans are cuttingdown more trees. The carbon dioxide collected bythese trees returns to the atmosphere and oceans.It increases the level of greenhousegases, increasing the greenhouse effect, trappingheat into a planet and increasing global warming.
• Carbon moves from the atmosphere to plants- Carbon is combined with a gas called carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. With the sun’s aid and photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is pulled from the air to make plant food using the carbon.• Carbon moves from plants to animals- The carbon that is in plants moves to the animals that eat them. These animals are eaten by other animals and the carbon moves to these carnivores through the food chain.• Carbon moves from plants and animals to the ground- The bodies, wood and leaves of plants and animals decay when they die. This brings carbon into the ground which becomes fossil fuels.
• Carbon moves from living things to the atmosphere-When animals exhale, they release carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere. Animals and plants get rid of carbon dioxide through a process known as respiration.• Carbon moves from fossil fuels to the atmosphere when fuels are burned- Fossil fuels are burned in power factories, power plants, cars and trucks with most of the carbon existing in carbon dioxide gas. The carbon from these fuels enters the atmosphere and most becomes dissolved in seawater.• Carbon moves from the atmosphere to the oceans- The ocean and other water bodies absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
Carbon gets into the atmosphere from the soil, wasteproducts, decomposing animals, burning sediment fromthe earth and events like a volcanic eruption. Some of thiscarbon goes into the ocean and some to the atmosphere.Plants found on land and phytoplankton found in theocean absorb carbon during photosynthesis, thus creatingcarbohydrates and sugars. When land animals and marinelife consume plants or phytoplankton, carbon is obtainedfrom photosynthesis. Organisms release this carbon whenthey breathe, create waste products, die or decompose.Carbon then returns to the soil and is released into theatmosphere and some forms into rocks.
◊ It is critical to the food chain-If plants and otherorganisms who photosynthesize were not able to getcarbon, they would die as they could not produce food. Thiswould result in other organisms that depend on them forfood dying.◊ Carbon is found in the oceans, forests and theatmosphere known as sinks. These areas would collectdangerous levels of carbon without the carbon cycle. Thiswould most likely kill living organisms that live in this area.◊ The cycle is important as it allows carbon to flow fromareas where it is collected into other areas of the earth.
CREDIT GOES OUT TO:* ZARIO WINT* JOVAUNIE LEWINSON* ODANE BRISSETT* SHAMONE FINE