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Steps Of the Phosphorus Cycle

Steps and parts of the phosprus cycle
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Lane Cooper

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of Steps Of the Phosphorus Cycle

The Phosphorus Cycle Steps and Branches The Phosphate in rocks and minerals, as well
as Bird and Animal Guano, Is weathered and Released into sources of water.This stays in the water being eaten in water food chains, then going trough bacterial decay, and being released back into the water source. eventually, after years of this, the phosphate is soaked back into shallow water sediments, reaching deep sea sediments. Eventually, this is again eroded back into water sources, thus the cycle begins anew This Image shows the phosphate cycle
in its entirety. Starting with Erosion,
then disolvement in water, the mini
cycle of its water life, and then its re-
depositing back into the sediment. The human use of phosphate comes from
the mining of phosphate rock, known as
apatite. The phosphate gathered from this is
used in the creation of fertilizers which
run-off and erode into water. The cycle from
there, begins again. Human Involvement This image shows human involvement
in the phosphate cycle, from beginning
to end. The mining, the fertilizer, and
the erosion and run-off into water. By Lane Cooper The Mineral Phosphate If this cycle were disrupted, life as we
knew it would change!
phosphorus is
the backbone of DNA, and RNA! not to
mention that most plants need it to grow!
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