Role of Organisms in Carbon Cycle
Organisms play an important role in the carbon cycle in the following ways:
- Plants absorb carbon from the environment in photosynthesis and return it in respiration.
- Animals obtain their carbon by eating plants; they release carbon in respiration.
- Micrororganisms (such as fungi and bacteria) return carbon to the environment when they decompose dead plants and animals.
- Burning fossil fuels increases carbon dioxide in air and deforestation decrease uptake of carbon dioxide by plants (The Physics Teacher, 2018).
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