Flashcards on Carbon Cycle

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What is the process by which carbon is cycled through the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, soil, and living organisms?

Carbon Cycle

In which forms does carbon exist in the carbon cycle?

Carbon dioxide, organic matter, fossil fuels

What is the role of plants in the carbon cycle?

Photosynthesis to absorb carbon dioxide

How do animals contribute to the carbon cycle?

By releasing carbon dioxide through respiration

What is the main reservoir of carbon in the carbon cycle?

The ocean

What human activities contribute to an imbalance in the carbon cycle?

Burning fossil fuels, deforestation

How does carbon return to the atmosphere in the carbon cycle?

Through combustion of fossil fuels

What is the process where plants and animals die and their remains are broken down by decomposers in the carbon cycle?

Decomposition

What is the term for the process where carbon is stored in the form of carbon compounds within Earth's systems?

Carbon sequestration

How does carbon in the atmosphere reach the oceans?

Through dissolution in water as carbonic acid

What is the process by which marine organisms use carbon compounds to build their shells and skeletons in the carbon cycle?

Marine calcification

Which human activity is a major contributor to excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

Burning of forests

How does carbon enter the soil in the carbon cycle?

Through decomposition of organic matter

What role do oceans play in the carbon cycle?

Absorb and store large amounts of carbon dioxide

Why is it important to understand the carbon cycle?

To address climate change and maintain Earth's balance

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What is the process by which carbon is cycled through the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, soil, and living organisms?



What role do oceans play in the carbon cycle?



How does carbon return to the atmosphere in the carbon cycle?



What human activities contribute to an imbalance in the carbon cycle?



Which human activity is a major contributor to excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?



What is the main reservoir of carbon in the carbon cycle?



How do animals contribute to the carbon cycle?



What is the term for the process where carbon is stored in the form of carbon compounds within Earth's systems?



What is the process where plants and animals die and their remains are broken down by decomposers in the carbon cycle?



What is the process by which marine organisms use carbon compounds to build their shells and skeletons in the carbon cycle?




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