PLANTS Carbon moves from the atmosphere to the plants. Through the process of photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is taken from the air to make food made from carbon for plants.
ANIMALS Through food chains, the carbon that is in plants transfers to the animals that eat them. Like this tiger eating off of the snake is getting the carbon from it.
DECOMPOSERS Decomposers such as this fungi break down dead animals, plants and other organisms into recycled materials that can feed the living. Decomposition releases carbon into the soil, air, and water.
ATMOSPHERE Carbon gets released into the atmosphere by respiration by humans, animals, and plants. Carbon also gets released by the fossil fuels that are burned.
FOSSIL FUELS When people burn fossil fuels or when combustion occurs, most of the carbon gets released into the atmosphere.
SOIL The absorption of carbon entering the soil is through decomposers decomposing dead animals, plants, and other organisms.
OCEAN The ocean is called a carbon "sink" because it takes up more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases. The water absorbs the carbon from the atmosphere and dissolves in the ocean.