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What are the 4 main processes in the carbon cycle?

Photosynthesis, Decomposition, Respiration and Combustion. Carbon cycles from the atmosphere into plants and living things.

What processes occur in the carbon cycle?

In the natural carbon cycle, there are two main processes which occur: photosynthesis and metabolism. During photosynthesis, plants use carbon dioxide and produce oxyge and during metabolism oxygen is used and carbon dioxide is a product.

Is the carbon cycle slow?

Through a series of chemical reactions and tectonic activity, carbon takes between 100-200 million years to move between rocks, soil, ocean, and atmosphere in the slow carbon cycle. On average, 1013 to 1014 grams (10–100 million metric tons) of carbon move through the slow carbon cycle every year.

What part of the carbon cycle does phytoplankton?

Climate and the Carbon Cycle Phytoplankton are responsible for most of the transfer of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the ocean. Carbon dioxide is consumed during photosynthesis, and the carbon is incorporated in the phytoplankton, just as carbon is stored in the wood and leaves of a tree.

What two ways do phytoplankton use carbon?

Phytoplankton use sunlight, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water, in a process called photosynthesis, to produce organic compounds which they use for food and to make their cells. The waste product of photosynthesis is oxygen.

How can we fix the carbon cycle?

Explanation: We can maintain the carbon cycle by burning less fossil fuels and using more solar energy or using wind power. Trees also use carbon dioxide through photosynthesis to make glucose, so we could also maintain it by cutting down less forests.

How do we release co2?

Carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere by human activities. When hydrocarbon fuels (i.e. wood, coal, natural gas, gasoline, and oil) are burned, carbon dioxide is released. During combustion or burning, carbon from fossil fuels combine with oxygen in the air to form carbon dioxide and water vapor.