Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

What processes move large quantities of carbon from an organiccompartment to an inorganic compartment?

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The processes that move large quantities of carbon from organic compartment to inorganic compartment.


Nutrient cycles or biogeochemical cycles can be defined as a pathway taken by the nutrients as they move from their major sources in the abiotic parts of the ecosystem. These sources are called reservoirs of the nutrient. This movement is completed through living communities and then back to the reservoir. The carbon cycle is one of such important nutrient cycles. Carbon forms the backbone of living organisms and many biological molecules; thus, it plays an important role in the ecosystem.


The producers present in an ecosystem convert the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbohydrates. Heterotrophs acquire carbon by eating other organisms. The common atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO2) creates a global carbon cycle.

Carbon moves into the atmosphere, that is, from the organic compartment (living organisms) to inorganic compartment by processes like excretion, respiration, leaching, and fossil fuel burning...

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