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The Carbon Cycle Paragraph The carbon cycle is the process of when carbon travels in and through living organisms and reservoirs and back to the atmosphere in multiple processes. The first process in the cycle is photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process used by plants and other organisms that convert using sunlight, co2, and water to make glucose, which is their food. The second process in the carbon cycle is respiration. Respiration is the opposite of photosynthesis. Since photosynthesis uses carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight to produce glucose, respiration breaks the glucose back to its original materials. When animals (and sometimes plants) use carbon-containing sugars and oxygen they actually produce energy. The third process used in the carbon cycle is decomposition. Decomposition is the process of when an animal, plant or any organism dies, it decays/rotten. Then the carbon of that organism can be released into the atmosphere or any other place for the process to recur. The fourth process is compacting and cementing. After animals die, their bodies turn into fossil fuels and they become sediments that can be turned into the sedimentary rock using the process of compacting and cementing. The fifth process in the carbon cycle is combustion. Combustion is the process used to burn something. In this case, combustion is used to burn fossil fuels for energy and carbon is released back into the atmosphere. The sixth process of the cycle is the dissolving of water. The breaking up of gases, liquids, or any other solids into a liquid is dissolving of water. This process occurs in the ocean where carbon can be exchanged into the ocean or in can also be released into the atmosphere. When the carbon is on the ocean, it can be used for animal shells and when they die and sink they become sediments that can also create more sedimentary rocks that lead to other rocks. In conclusion, the carbon cycle is very important to all living organisms and it is necessary because is a life sustaining element . It is also very similar to all the other geological cycles that occur on Earth.

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  • 1st Process: Photosynthesis
  • CO2
  • Plants need sunlight to make glucose(food)
  • 2nd Process: Respiration
  • Eat glucose & sugar to make energy
  • Can also create CO2 to be released into the atmosphere
  • 3rd Process: Death & Decomposition
  • Carbon is released into the atmosphere
  • Decay
  • In order for plants to survive, they have to make food and during the process of photosynthesis they can use the sunlight to make glucose, their sugary food.
  • 4th Process: Rock Reformation
  • Carbon Released into the Atmosphere
  • In the process of respiration where animals and plants can use glucose and oxygen to produce energy. They can also produce carbon dioxide that can be released into the atmosphere.
  • 5th Process: Combustion
  • Burning Fossil Fuels
  • In the process of decomposition when animals die, their bodies will decay and release carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.
  • 6th Process: Dissolving(Water)
  • When animals die their bodies turn into fossil fuels, and they become sediments that turn into sedimentary rocks after compacting and cementing.
  • In rock reformation rocks are made from the process of compacting and cementing
  • In the process of combustion, the burning of fossil fuels leads to releasing carbon into the atmosphere that can stay there or it can be released somewhere else where the process can reoccur.
  • In the very last process, the carbon can either be stored in the ocean or it can be released into the atmosphere where the process can reoccur. Also the carbon in the ocean can be used for animal shells and when they die and sink they become sediments.
  • Carbon Dioxide Exchange
  • Rock Reformation
  • Sinking Sediments
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