Olivia Womack

What is Photosynthesis?

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants turn our carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose using radiant energy absorbed from the sun. Living things that release carbon dioxide are helping the plants; in return, they give us fresh oxygen so we can survive.

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How does it happen?

When all of the ingredients of photosynthesis have been absorbed through the stomata in a plant (little "pores" on leaves' surfaces), and into a special cell, chloroplasts-where it all takes place- photosynthesis begins. The H2O (water) enters the plant, and the O (oxygen) gets taken out and released, using energy from the sun, for us to breathe. Then, the CO2 that we exhale enters the plant and bonds with the left over hydrogen atoms. Those atoms all bond and create matter known as glucose, which is stored as energy for the plant to complete the process again. CO2+H2O--radiant energy--= C6H12O6--- 6O2

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A Little About It

Without photosynthesis, there wouldn't be any oxygen for us to breathe, and without us, photosynthesis couldn't take place. It truly is amazing how energy from the sun- radiant, can transform into something completely different- chemical energy- than a solid. Even though plants are at the bottom of the food chain, they play a big part to all life.


The average-sized tree can release enough oxygen for four to six people, filter out our air, and provides homes for many animals. Plant a tree and help support life!

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