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Carbon Dioxide is a gas found in the atmosphere.
Photosynthesis is the process when plants use carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight to create oxygen and glucose.
Plants take in the Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere and use it for photosynthesis.
Cellular Respiration is the process when animals use oxygen and glucose to create carbon dioxide, water, and ATP. This energy is for cells to use in the organism.
Animals take in oxygen from plants and use it for cellular respiration.
Decomposers thrive off of the nutrients of dead plants and animals. When plants and animals die, carbon is relased back into the atmosphere.
When plants die, decomposers like fungi break down the plants, therefore releasing carbon dioxide.
When humans burn these fossil fuels in factories or while driving cars, most of the carbon quickly enters the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
When plants die, they are also buried and may turn into fossil fuels made of carbon, such as coal.
Carbon dioxide enters plants and is released back into the atmosphere in many different ways. The cycle just keeps REPEATING!
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