3 CARBON ON THE MOVE Carbon moves from the: atmosphere to the plants plants to the animalsplants and animals to the groundliving things to the atmospherefossil fuels to the atmosphereatmosphere to the oceans
4 ClarificationsRespiration (cellular respiration)-carbon is going from a living thing to the atmosphere—using up the stored energyEvaporation-carbon is released into the atmosphereDecomposition-decomposing organic materials into the soil, adding carbonPhotosynthesis-is important to carbon because plants use the carbon in the atmosphere to produce their own food, then the carbon is released back into the atmosphereCarbon Sequestration-pulling carbon out of the atmosphere
5 Did you know…About 50 times as much carbon dissolved in the form of CO2 in the oceans as there is in the atmosphere!Carbon Dioxide is a greenhouse gas!
6 So what? Why care? Carbon is a leading contributor to global warming Having a deep understanding of the carbon cycle is essential to understanding our future investments and its impacts on the earth
7 Wrap up questionsWhere does carbon exist in the non-living environment and in the living environment?How is carbon released into the atmosphere?How is carbon taken from the atmosphere?How could you demonstrate taking carbon out of the atmosphere RIGHT NOW?