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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.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - Great summary from the global scale to the molecular level of how carbon cycles

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.

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