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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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Biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases / Carbon cycle
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Climate is complex
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Biosphere drives the global carbon cycle
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Life affects climate; climate affects life
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Natural processes of CO2 removal from atmosphere is slow; Long residence time of some GHG
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Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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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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