Carbon Cycle Facts

Carbon Cycle Facts
Every living thing requires carbon in order to perform properly. Because of this, carbon is found everywhere from the ocean to the sky to rocks. Carbon is always on the move. The movement of carbon is known as the carbon cycle.
Interesting Carbon Cycle Facts:
Some objects can store carbon for many years and are known as carbon sinks.
Carbon in the air is attached to oxygen and is known as a molecule called carbon dioxide.
Plants use carbon dioxide in the air to make their own food through a process called photosynthesis.
When plants die and decompose, they could eventually become a fossil fuel and be burned to return as carbon dioxide in the air.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is helpful because it helps keep our planet at a livable temperature.
The ocean takes up quite a bit of carbon dioxide to provide nutrients for its plants.
Living substances that contain carbon are known as organic.
Carbon is the second most abundant substance in living organisms behind water.
Humans can obtain carbon in the carbon cycle by eating plants or eating animals that eat plants.
Roughly 99% of carbon is stored deep within the Earth’s surface.
Carbon is so important that there is an entire branch of chemistry dedicated to it called organic chemistry.
Carbon is very versatile in that it can combine with up to four other elements at the same time and can exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas.
Carbon-14 dating is a technique used to determine the age of ancient artifacts and fossils.
Carbon is number 4 on the most abundant elements in the universe list.
The origin of the word carbon comes from the word carbo which is Latin for coal.


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