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Scales and Processes of the Global Carbon Cycle

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This static visualization shows that the global carbon cycle is determined by the interactions of climate, the environment, and Earth's living systems at many levels, from molecular to global.

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High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 4 Cross Cutting Concepts

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Teaching Tips

  • This image can be used when teaching the carbon cycle in a high school or college level biology course.

About the Science

  • Good visual for examining the interconnections between Earth science systems and biological systems.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Visualization is rich with terminology, which will need unpacking with students to ensure understanding of connections.
  • Can be used in sections rather than whole diagram.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Can view full size image online, expand a section with magnifier, or can download print-quality version.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Static Visualization supports:

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS2.D2:Gradual atmospheric changes were due to plants and other organisms that captured carbon dioxide and released oxygen.

HS-LS2.B3:Photosynthesis and cellular respiration are important components of the carbon cycle, in which carbon is exchanged among the biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and geosphere through chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes.

HS-PS3.D2:The main way that solar energy is captured and stored on Earth is through the complex chemical process known as photosynthesis.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 4

Scale, Proportion and Quantity

HS-C3.1:The significance of a phenomenon is dependent on the scale, proportion, and quantity at which it occurs.

HS-C3.2: Some systems can only be studied indirectly as they are too small, too large, too fast, or too slow to observe directly.

HS-C3.3:Patterns observable at one scale may not be observable or exist at other scales.

HS-C3.4:Using the concept of orders of magnitude allows one to understand how a model at one scale relates to a model at another scale.

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