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Components of the Carbon Cycle

Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research Information System (BERIS)

A simplified representation of the terrestrial carbon cycle side by side with the ocean carbon cycle. Fluxes and reservoirs expressed in gigatons are included.

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Teaching Tips

  • Works as a good PowerPoint slide to explain different aspects of the carbon cycle.

About the Science

  • Assumes knowledge of biosphere interaction, eg. the ocean biological pump
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The graphic is attractive and can be downloaded for use in the classroom.
  • Explanatory text accompanies the visualization.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Graphic quality is good and image can be enlarged to full-screen view

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