The Journey of the Carbon Cycle

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  • The Carbon Cycle is the circular process of carbon being cycled through the ground, air, plants, animals, and fossil fuels. It involves photosynthesis, cellular respiration, fossil fuels, and decomposers.
  • Through the carbon cycle, carbon has to be released back into the atmosphere in some way, so decomposers like fungi and earthworms break down dead organisms and release carbon back into the air.
  • Nice to meet you! I'm an earthworm, and I'm also a decomposer, which means I break down dead and decaying organisms and carry out decomposition.
  • The Journey of the Carbon Cycle
  • The carbon cycle is also impacted when fossil fuels are burned. Because they are made from the remains of living organisms, when fossil fuels are burned, lots of carbon is released into the atmosphere.
  • This is a factory where fossil fuels are burned. Fossil fuels are natural fuels like coal or gas that are formed from the remains of once-living organisms.
  • Photosynthesis fits into the carbon cycle because the plants which perform photosynthesis take in carbon dioxide that is created by animals in order for the plants to make oxygen, which animals use.
  • I am the process of photosynthesis. I take in carbon dioxide, water, and light, and I use these to make oxygen and glucose for myself.
  • Cellular respiration fits into the carbon cycle because the process of it releases carbon dioxide which is then turned into oxygen and glucose by the plants, which enables the carbon cycle to go round.
  • We both perform cellular respiration!
  • Cellular Respiration is the process of glucose being broken down by mitochondria and made into ATP.
  • Overall, everything is connected to each other through the carbon cycle. Decomposers release carbon into the air, and so do fossil fuels, while cellular respiration and photosynthesis keep the cycle going endlessly.
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