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The carbon cycle


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The carbon cycle
This shows how carbon is recycled
Photosynthesis
This is what powers the cycle and it is the only thing that take carbon out of the atmosphere
Respiration
Some of the carbon returns to the atmosphere when the organisms do this (this fuels all processes in their body)
Eaten
When this happens to the plants or algae that photosynthesise, the carbon is moved up in the food chain
Detritus feeders
These respire and release carbon when they are breaking down dead organisms or organisms waste
Burning
Some plants are burnt as fuel which releases carbon back into the atmosphere