The Carbon Cycle Explained

To most scientists it is considered one of the most important things to be acquainted with during these chaotic times.

This interesting factor is the biochemical cycle in which carbon is exchanged among the hydrosphere, pedosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere of our planet Earth.

The Carbon Cycle is primarily thought of as four major reservoirs, in which carbon interconnects by varies pathways of numerous exchanges.

The four major reservoirs are:

  • The atmosphere.
  • The global biosphere. Which is defined to include the fresh water systems and non-living organic material, such as soil carbon.
  • Our Oceans, as well as dissolved inorganic carbon and living and inert marine biota.
  • Finally, the sediments, which is also including fossil fuels.
    For example, take the atmosphere. Carbon exists in the Earth’s atmosphere mainly as the gas ‘carbon dioxide’; although it’s only a small percentage of the atmosphere. Yet, it plays an important role in supporting life.

By now we should all know what “Global Warming” is, in today’s society? The overall atmospheric concentration of these greenhouse gases has been increasing in recent decades, which is known as one of the key contributors to global warming.

Unfortunately, the way that we choose to live everyday ultimately contributes to the carbon cycle as well as global warming. We have yet to decide to change our everyday routines, even though everything we do; ends up affecting our beloved mother Earth.