By Vanessa Franco
The importance of Carbon Cycle
all living things are made of carbon in one way or another. The carbon cycle is how carbon is exchanged throughout the earth: between the atmosphere, oceans, ecosystem and geosphere. If the carbon cycle fails, then life begins to break down, causing life to end.
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The steps in Carbon Cycle
Step 2: Carbon dioxide is absorbed by producers (the organisms that make their own food, example:plants) to make carbohydrates in photosynthesis . These producers then put off oxygen as a waste.
Step 3: Consumers feed on the plants. Then the carbon compounds are passed along the food chain. Most of the carbon these animals consume however is exhaled as carbon dioxide. This is through the process of respiration. The animals and plants then eventually die.
Step 4: The dead organisms are eaten by decomposers in the ground. The carbon that was in their bodies is then returned to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In some circumstances the process of decomposition is prevented. The decomposed plants and animals may then be available as fossil fuel in the future for combustion.