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Unformatted text preview: releases the oxygen that we absolutely must have to stay alive. Oh yes, we need the food as well! We can write the overall reaction of this process as: 6H 2 O + 6CO 2----------> C 6 H 12 O 6 + 6O 2 Most of us don't speak chemicalese, so the above chemical equation translates as: six molecules of water plus six molecules of carbon dioxide produce one molecule of sugar plus six molecules of oxygen...
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