Carbon dating animation
Some of the smallest shell-builders transport the most carbon down to seafloor sediments.
It is able to combine with a large variety of other elements and as such it is found in some very different places within the Earth system.If some carbon atoms eventually make it to the bottom of the ocean sediment, they can be stored for time scales of millions of years.Let's begin by looking at the detailed illustration of the ocean carbon cycle on the right. Although quite complex, you will see carbon cycle processes and biosphere components similiar to those you learned about when you studied the terrestrial carbon cycle in prior Labs.In biogeochemical cycles, elements are transported between the atmosphere, biosphere (living things), hydrosphere (water) and geosphere (rocks, minerals, and soils).Thus, these cycles are excellent examples for teaching about Earth as a system.
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