The carbon cycle highlights how carbon moves from
one organism in different forms:
1 – Carbon is present in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere when organisms respire and
release carbon dioxide.
2 – Producers take up carbon in the form of carbon dioxide through the
process of photosynthesis. The carbon is then stored in the plant in the
form of glucose or other carbon based molecules such as protein or fats.
3 – Once the produces are eaten by the consumers the carbon stored in the
producers in the form of glucose.
4 – The consumers will die and are then decomposed by decomposers. This
process is known as decay, which will occur faster in warmer and moist
conditions and slower in cooler dry conditions.
5 – The decomposes then respire and release carbon in the form of carbon
dioxide back into the atmosphere.