The Relevance Of Photosynthesis And Nature

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The Relevance Of Photosynthesis To Nature The natural light that shines onto the Earth is said to be the driving force behind all life. It’s fascinating to find out that the green matter around us that we tend to take for granted is mankind’s source of energy - which is a necessity for every living being even in its lowest form. We can literally define photosynthesis as ‘synthesis with the help of light’. It is also defined as the basic process of life whereby plants absorb energy from sunlight and through a series of processes convert that energy to chemical energy that is later consumed by other living entities. As Julius Robert Mayer asserts, “Nature has put itself the problem how to catch in flight light streaming to the earth and to store the most elusive of all powers in rigid form.” This turns out to be “an economic provision to which the existence of mankind is inexorably bound.” (Rabinowitch and Govindjee, 9). We will examine how this process keeps our planet alive and will also demonstrate how plants ‘distribute’ energy to all members of the ecosystem through a series of chain reactions. The following chemical equation gives us a general overview of the entire process: CO2 + H2O + ENERGY (PHOTONS) --> CX (H2 O) y + O2 This means carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) from the atmosphere together with kinetic energy from the sun that results in the variable carbohydrate group (CX (H2 O) y) and oxygen (O2 ). We observe that the resulting expression on the right

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