Carbon Cycle

Published: | Updated: January 22, 2017;

Definition - What does Carbon Cycle mean?

The carbon cycle is the term used to describe the cycle in which carbon is circulated through and transformed around different living organisms. All life is based on various carbon compounds, as well as non-living things, such as gemstones and soil. Most commonly, carbon is attached to oxygen gas and termed carbon dioxide.

Safeopedia explains Carbon Cycle

Plants use carbon dioxide in partnership with the sun to photosynthesize and thrive. When these plants die, there carbon goes back into the soil. Over time, a period of millions of years, the soil is converted into fossil fuels, and fossil fuel are used to generate power for humans. When that power is used, it releases carbon dioxide back into the air, which creates a continuous cycle.

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