2What is the Nitrogen Cycle? Nitrogen Cycle – a natural cyclic process in the course of which atmospheric nitrogen enters the soil and becomes part of living organisms, before returning to the atmosphere.
3What is Nitrogen?Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, nontoxic gas.
4What is Nitrogen?Nitrogen, an essential part of the amino acids, is a basic element of life.
5What is Nitrogen?Makes up 78 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere.
6How does the Nitrogen Cycle work? Atmospheric Nitrogen is carried to the earth by Precipitation.
8How does the Nitrogen Cycle work? Bacteria in the soil convert the atmospheric Nitrogen gas (N2), into nitrates (NO3) and ammonium ions (NH4) which can then be used by plants and fungi.This process is called:Nitrogen Fixation
17How does the Nitrogen Cycle work? SUMMARY All organisms produce wastes and eventually die.When an organism dies its proteins are slowly broken down into ammonia compounds, then to nitrites, and finally back to nitrates.The nitrates can then reenter the cycle.
19How does the Nitrogen Cycle work? SUMMARY At various stages in the decay process, denitrifying bacteria [soil bacteria that reduce nitrates (NO3)or nitrites (NO2)to gaseous nitrogen and some nitrous oxide] can break down nitrites and nitrates, releasing nitrogen gas back into the atmosphere.
21AssignmentDraw a diagram of the Nitrogen cycle that follows these notes.Write an essay that explains how the nitrogen cycle works and what would happen if any link in the cycle were removed. You should be able to describe in great detail with specific examples.