Carbon Cycle Project 2016

By Ethan Adams and Nikos Bolton

Introduction

The cycle of carbon in the Earth's ecosystem where carbon dioxide changed by photosynthesis. It can happen by the respiration of plants and animals, protoplasmic decay, or combustion.

The Purpose Of The Project

Have you ever wondered what the carbon cycle is or what the effects are on or plant? Well firstly the carbon cycle starts in the Atmosphere then it is random from there. You might be wondering how it gets to the atmosphere well there are plenty of ways to get into the atmosphere one is by burning fossil fuels. If you want to learn more about this, then you should look at the rest of the journey.

Surface Ocean

How can the carbon travel to the surface ocean you say? There are multiple ways it can get there. One of the ways is by going straight from the atmosphere or by going from the atmosphere to the land plants the soil, back to the atmosphere then finally to the surface ocean this is one of the multiple ways you can get to the surface ocean. So there is a grand total of four ways to get there. Some important process you need to know. Diffusing from the atmosphere by the intermingling of substances by the natural movement of their particles. Also by decomposing from marine life which is the process where the carbon rottens up and decays. Finally by circulating water which means to be able to move freely. The surface ocean is the top of the ocean and to be able to enter the deep ocean you have to go through the surface ocean.

Deep Ocean

The carbon atom can get to the deep ocean only by going through the surface ocean there is no possible way it can get there any other way. Once it get to the deep ocean it stays in the deep ocean for hundreds of years before it moves the ocean holds 65% of the carbon. It gets to the ocean by the dead decay and marine life in the surface ocean.


Marine Life

Tiny organism called phytoplankton go through a long process called photosynthesis by taking in carbon as nutrients. The phytoplanton are eaten by larger life, and then larger life eats them. Carbon is the only way marine life can survive. Algae, mollusks, and corals are all examples of carbon that have been harmful to the marine life.