Name: Date: Student Exploration: Carbon Cycle Vocabulary: atmosphere, biomass, biosphere, carbon reservoir, carbon sink, fossil fuel, geosphere, greenhouse gas, hydrosphere, lithosphere, photosynthesis Prior Knowledge Questions (Do these BEFORE using the Gizmo.) In the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and water (H2O) from the soil. Using the energy of sunlight, plants build molecules of glucose (C6H12O6) and oxygen (O2). How do plants on Earth affect the amount of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere? The plants take in carbon from the air for their process of photosynthesis. The affect it byhelping decrease the amount of carbon in the air Animals eat plants and produce carbon dioxide and water. How do animals affect the amount of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere Animals affect the amount of carbon on the earth because they produce the carbon, so the overall amount of carbon increases. Gizmo Warm-up The Carbon Cycle Gizmo allows you to follow the many paths an atom of carbon can take through Earth’s systems. To begin, notice the black carbon atom in the Atmospheric CO2 area, highlighted in yellow. The glowing blue areas represent possible locations the carbon atom could go next. From Earth’s atmosphere, where can the carbon atom go next? The carbon atom can go to the plants on the Land Click on Land plants and read the description. How did the carbon atom get from the atmosphere to a plant? The carbon atom gets there by the process of photosynthesis. Select Land animals. How did the carbon atom get from land plants into the animal?
- Fall '17
- Inciarte, Sandra
- Photosynthesis, carbon reservoir