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Carbon Cycle

Skill:
• Construct a diagram of the carbon cycle

The carbon cycle is a biogeochemical cycle whereby carbon is exchanged between the different spheres of the
Earth

The four spheres are the atmosphere (air), lithosphere (ground), hydrosphere (water / oceans) and biosphere
(living things)

Carbon is exchanged between a variety of forms, including:

Atmospheric gases – mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane (CH4)
Oceanic carbonates – including bicarbonates dissolved in the water and calcium carbonate in corals and shells
As organic materials – including the carbohydrates, lipids and proteins found in all living things
As non-living remains – such as detritus and fossil fuels

Different processes facilitate the cycling of carbon between the different forms (e.g. feeding, combustion, etc.)

The Carbon Cycle

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