The Effect Of Human Activities On The Carbon Cycle Essay

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The Effect Of Human Activities on the Carbon Cycle
Earth Science ERT - Chelsea Bodimeade

Carbon is the backbone of life on Earth. All things are made of Carbon. It is a part of the ocean, air and even rocks. This carbon flows between each reservoir in an exchange called the Carbon Cycle. This cycle will be investigated to show an understanding of its functions and how human activity can impact this cycle. As a result of much research and analysing the carbon cycle and human impacts, it is hypothesised that the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are and will continue to greatly interrupt the function of the global carbon cycle

Human activity, with out proper regulation can lead to imbalance throughout the carbon cycle meaning the interference of a Global system much like the Carbon Cycle. The most prominent human activities that are having an impact on the Carbon Cycle are the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

The Carbon cycle maintains a balance to regulate the amount of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere and also to prevent it from being stored in the rocks. It’s also an important part in making sure the temperature of the Earth stays relatively stable. The Carbon Cycle components strictly consists of the 4 Spheres - Atmosphere, Lithosphere, Biosphere and Hydrosphere. The Global Carbon Cycle is known as a major biogeochemical cycle (Earthobservatory.nasa.gov, 2011). The geological carbon cycle deals with the movements of the carbon through the rocks and…

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