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Terrarium and Nutrient cycling

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Sydney Trombly

on 11 June 2013

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Transcript of Terrarium and Nutrient cycling

What is a Terrarium?
How to make a terrarium:
Terrarium and Nutrient cycling
How Are Nutrients Used
in an Ecosystem?
A terrarium is not only a unique
decoration in form of a miniature landscape
with living plants and small animals, but also
terrariums are the most natural artificial biosphere possible due to the biological function in the nutrient cycling.
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(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Add whichever plants you wish
Place potting soil on top of the plants
5. one small bag of stones
Now you can create one on your own!
Carbon Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle
Phosphorus Cycle
Nutrient cycle in nature and terrarium
Plants take in nutrients to grow and as a result, they are consumed by animals or they drop their leaves to create waste material. The waste material produced by animals and plants are recycled by decomposers such as micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi consume waste and release nutrients back into the growing medium.
Micro-organisms and bacterias are specifically grown to be put into terrariums in order for decomposition to occur. The decomposers are able to survive due to the fact that the plants are always producing waste.
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Add a layer of course sands
Sydney Trombly & Matt Potter
The continuous process by which carbon is exchanged between organisms and the environment. Carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere by plants and algae and converted to carbohydrates by photosynthesis. Carbon is then passed into the food chain and returned to the atmosphere by the respiration and decay of animals, plants, and other organisms. The burning of fossil fuels also releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
The circulation of nitrogen; nitrates from the soil are absorbed by plants which are eaten by animals that die and decay returning the nitrogen back to the soil.The environmental circulation of [[nitrogen, which passes through the food chain, the soil and the open air environment.
The circulation of phosphorus in various forms through nature. Of all the elements recycled in the biosphere, phosphorus is the scarcest and therefore the one most limiting in any given ecological system. It is indispensable to life, being intimately involved in energy transfer and in the passage of genetic information in the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of all cells
Start with a glass container
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