FC: The Carbon Cycle
1: Carbon Cycle By Hannah Lenertz
2: Carbon is the fourth most common element in the universe. It is a natural resource needed for all life. About 20% of the weight of living organisms is carbon.
3: Carbon enters the atmosphere through photosynthesis. This is the process that converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds using the energy from sunlight.
4: When animals breathe in the O2 from the plants, they exhale CO2. This releases carbon back into the atmosphere.
5: Also when animals eat plants, or other animals that ate plants, the carbon moves into the animal.
6: Carbon can be found in the Ocean also. It gets there by decomposing marine life, diffusing from the atmosphere, and circulating water from the deep ocean.
7: Volcanoes and fires emit large amounts of CO2 into the environment. | Magma contains dissolved gases that are released into the atmosphere during eruptions. when you burn wood in a fire, CO2 is emitted. Also gas fires- such as in a fireplace- also are not good for the environment. They burn unnecessary natural gas.
8: There are many natural and unnatural things that release carbon into the atmosphere.
9: When flowers die, they decompose in the ground. The carbon moves from the plant back into the soil. Soil stores about 3% of the Earth's carbon. Once in the soil, the carbon is broken down by bacteria and fungi. It is then released into the atmosphere.
10: An even larger producer of CO2 is burning of fossil fuels.
11: Too much CO2 in the atmosphere can cause trouble. One theory is that when these gases are trapped in our atmosphere, they have more time to collect heat from our atmosphere and the sun. This makes our climate increase in heat. This then triggers ice caps to melt and floods to occur. One day we will face a world with no more fresh water and many extinct animals who cannot survive in warm climates.
12: Human intereference makes huge impacts of the carbon cycle. About 40% of the rain forest have been destroyed to produce paper and other resources. This not only eliminates important factors in the carbon cycle that help take CO2 out of the atmosphere, but this eliminates thousands of animals' homes.
14: It is very important for humans to conserve what ever they can to help the environment. Reducing the use of fossil fuels can make a big difference. Some interesting facts are: -Every ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees -If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year -At the rate that trees are being cut down, the rain forest will vanish within one hundred years. Thousands of animals in the rain forest depend on having the trees as their homes. So by destroying the rain forest, all of their homes are destroyed. This kills thousands of animals every year. By recycling paper, less trees have to be cut down every year. This makes it so the trees can naturally convert the CO2 to oxygen.
15: Several simple steps can be beneficial. By simply recycling paper products, thousands of trees are saved each year. Also buying recycled products helps reduce deforestation. Choosing reusable dinnerware such as: ceramic plates, reusable cups, and stainless steal silverware, the ware and tear on Mother Earth is lessened. Also If one person buys cloth bags, 700 plastic bags can be saved every year. By taking these simple steps, thousands of homes are saved.
16: Monte, Jessica. "10 Easy Ways To Reduce Paper Consumption." n. pag. Web. 26 May 2011.