Plants take in the carbon doxide in the atmosphere and use carbon fixation to make carbohydrates so they can grow and reproduce.
Great question, Suzy! They have to take the carbon dioxide from he air and go through a process called photosynthesis
Max, if plats need food to grow, then how do they get it?
Now get ready; we're going to the safari to see some animals!
The carbon dioxide moves from the plants to the animals that eat it, supplying them with fuel. Then, other animals eat that animal.
Oh no! The lion is going to eat the zebra!
That's all part of the food chain. The carnivore, or the lion, is eating the herbivore, which eats plants.
It can also be called Celluar Respiration, and it is made up of complex reactions. A carbohydrate and oxygen react to produce things like carbon dioxide. After organisms metabolize carbohydrates, it can be released back in the environment.
Thanks for taking me to the safari! But, I was wondering...what happens when I breathe? Where does the breath go?
Ah, full of great questions today Suzy! When you take in the oxygen from the air and exhale, you are releasing carbon dioxide. Just like that squirrel by your feet.
The carbon moves from the animals into the ground when they die. If left, over millions of years they can turn into fossils.
Oh, look at that! A fossil!
Not quite. Carbon Dioxide moves into the ground when an animal dies. Sometimes, they look like this after many years.
80 % of carbon dioxide is stored in rocks!
It's like a super fancy rock, right? So cool!
The carbon dioxide in warm water release the carbon, but in cold water it dissolves. The humans cause the levels of it to go up, but the ocean brings it back down. This helps it stay in balance.
I just love the water! Don't you, Max?
Yes, I do love it! Did you know that the ocean takes up carbon dioxide from the air? But, this is a stream. It still takes in carbon dioxide, but it will dissolve carbon in rocks and let it out in the ocean. Does that make sense?
Humans also have a big effect on it. The atmosphere can only absorb 40 % of the millions tons of carbon dioxide humans release into the environment annually. What is left goes into the atmosphere, causing temperature's to rise. The other greenhouse gases, however, don't release as much.
Max, why did you bring me here? To see the plants?
Since you seem so invested in learning about Carbon Dioxide, I thought I would show you this greenhouse. It releases Carbon into the air. Even doing daily tasks, like when we are driving, releases it into the environment. But if there's too much, it could be bad.