Carbon Cycle Project
Kami Berman, Michelle Cooper, Allison Evans & Sam Wycoff
Introduction to the Carbon Cycle
Purpose of The Project
A lot of people might think why is carbon so important? Well most living things are made from carbon. Carbon atoms cycle through the earth to different places. Which makes carbon available to all kinds of different organisms, plants and animals.
What would the world be like without carbon? A scenario would be, instead of the Earth being green it would be black. Carbon is basically the circle of life without it there would be no plants and no animals.
Without plants how would we live? Well the answer is we wouldn't, we need plants to survive because they breath in carbon and let out oxygen. We breath in oxygen. So if there were no plants how would we get oxygen? Well we wouldn't. The earth would be black with no living life.
The purpose of our project is to explain and help others understand the carbon cycle and the processes and steps carbon atoms go through, throughout living organisms on Earth.
The Surface Ocean
The Deep Ocean
The deep ocean is below the surface ocean. Carbon can also get to the deep ocean from many different places like marine animals or surface ocean. Carbon gets into the deep ocean from marine animals after the marine animals die. Just like the surface ocean when marine animals die they decompose and the carbon they have gotten from eating other marine life is let out into the ocean’s water and is now a part of the water. The deep ocean can also receive carbon from the surface ocean, this is because of the circulating water flow that has the water move from the deep ocean to the surface ocean and vice versa. That is how carbon gets into the deep ocean, when the carbon gets into the deep ocean it does different things. When the carbon gets to the deep ocean it usually stays there in the water for hundreds of years and then moves on to the next part of the carbon cycle. Infact, the deep ocean holds over 65% of all Earth’s carbon.
A carbon atom travels to six different places and one of them is marine life. Marine life is all animals, plants and other organisms that live in the ocean. Examples of marine life are fish lobsters, coral reefs, etc.
Carbon is affecting Marine, practically species with shell so that is lobster mussels and oysters, etc. even though carbon disturbs species with shells. Plants in the ocean absorb carbon, if the carbon’s not fixed it can dissolve and that leads to ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is the the decrease of Ph (potential hydrogen). Ocean acidification is on going.
Even though carbon disturbs some marine life. Carbon can benefit marine life they use it for calcium. there is a process called calcification, Marine species use carbonate ion to form calcium. there are so much Marine life in the ocean to absorb Carbon. Carbon that goes in the ocean to marine life, comes from the atmosphere. Carbon atoms come from the atmosphere into the ocean.
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