Short-Term Organic Carbon Cycle Report

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Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE BBA in International Business Environmental Science II Professor Dionel López Element/Compund Cycle Report Chapter 8: Short-term Organic Carbon Cycle Valerie Bodden Kluge (10-0014)
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Thiara Fernandez Hernandez (10-0096) Xavier Baquero Viteri (10-0126) July 1, 2010 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic The Short-Term Organic Carbon Cycle The short-term organic carbon cycle includes processes that range from observable on a daily to seasonal scale, like photosynthesis and respiration, to slower processes like decomposition. The most important step in this cycle is photosynthesis, which is basically the conversion of inorganic carbon (atmospheric CO 2 ) to organic carbon. Primary productivity is the amount of organic matter produced by photosynthesis in a unit time over a unit area of the Earth’s surface. This amount is dependant of the size of the population of the primary producers, or photosynthesizers or chemosynthesizers that provide energy that can be used by other organisms. Primary production represented in the simplest way possible using the simplest carbohydrate (CH 2 O) is show in the book as follows: Photosynthesis: CO 2 + H 2 O CH 2 O +O 2 For photosynthesis to happen an input of energy from the sun is required.
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