Published on 13-Sep-2022
The Carbon Cycle
Carbon is an essential component of all major biological molecules. Lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, DNA, vitamins, and many other elements contain carbon. The following processes are important in cycling carbon through ecosystems.
- Photosynthesis sets atoms of carbon from carbon dioxide into organic compounds.
- Feeding and assimilation are the following processes that pass carbon already present in organic compounds along food chains.
- Respiration produces carbon dioxide(inorganic) from organic compounds as they are broken down to release energy.
- Sometimes living things do not get thoroughly decayed when they die due to the conditions in the soil; therefore, fossil fuels are formed.
- Combustion releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned.