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Carbon Cycle
http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/The-Ocean-in-Action/Sci-Media/Animations-and-Interactives/Carbon-cycle

Sciencelearn, University of Waikato

This interactive animation focuses on the carbon cycle and includes embedded videos and captioned images to provide greater clarification and detail of the cycle than would be available by a single static visual alone.

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Climate Literacy
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The abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is controlled by biogeochemical cycles that continually move these components between their ocean, land, life, and atmosphere reservoirs. The abundance of carbon in the atmosphere is reduced through seafloor accumulation of marine sediments and accumulation of plant biomass and is increased through deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels as well as through other processes.
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mate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system
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Life—including microbes, plants, and animals and humans—is a major driver of the global carbon cycle and can influence global climate by modifying the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. The geologic record shows that life has significantly altered the atmosphere during Earth’s history.
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e on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate
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Natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere operate slowly when compared to the processes that are now adding it to the atmosphere. Thus, carbon dioxide introduced into the atmosphere today may remain there for a century or more. Other greenhouse gases, including some created by humans, may remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years.
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Energy Literacy

Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

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Plants on land and under water alter the earth's atmosphere by removing carbon dioxide from it, using the carbon to make sugars and releasing oxygen. This process is responsible for the oxygen content of the air.
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Teaching Tips

  • This can be used in conjunction with the transcript that quantifies various carbon sinks on the planet.

About the Science

  • The cycle is color-coded: blue for processes and grey for carbon stores.
  • Long-term carbon cycle dynamics are included, but more in-depth volcanic and subduction contributions to the carbon cycle are not detailed.
  • Review from expert scientist: The activity gives a very nice overview of the carbon cycle and methods how to record changes in CO2 in the Ocean.
  • The different comaprtments of the Earth System - water/soil/air - are all taken into account.
  • The material comprises a very good and appropriate mixture of videos, pictures and very brief, concise text sections and also more detailed reports..

About the Pedagogy

  • This is a well-constructed interactive. By clicking on various parts of the cycle, the user can either view a short video (under 30 seconds) about the topic, or view a static diagram with more information.
  • There are also many additional links at this site to lessons, especially about oceans and cycles.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Click on the diagram within the webpage to enlarge its size.
  • The short video segments also have the transcripts provided below the video.

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The resource is included in the larger educational module entitled "The Ocean in Action" on the Site under the section Science Ideas and Concepts. You can look at the entire module via a visual interactive pathway tool to the site and its related resources: http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Connections/(start_node)/6600

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