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Great White Shark-Carbon Cycle

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Transcript of Great White Shark-Carbon Cycle

By: The Great White Shark Carbon Cycle of the Ocean The ocean regulates the Earths climate. It does this by taking 30% to 50% of the carbon dioxide out of the air as it touches the ocean's surface. Then, zooplankton and phytoplankton take the carbon dioxide and either make calcium carbonate shells or absorb the carbon dioxide and it comes out in their feces.This makes the carbon dioxide sink to the ocean floor. Although phytoplankton is able to make its own food, (autotroph) the carbon dioxide gets in through the pores in their bodies. How it All Starts Fossil fuels are made from boats on the water. The emissions from the boat produce C02, or carbon dioxide! With this new "batch" of carbon, the cycle can repeat itself. Fossil Fuels & Emissions The decomposers find dead carcasses of other animals, or feces (that have carbon dioxide in them) and decompose the body to gain the nutrients and energy they need. They also gain carbon while decomposing. One example of a decomposer, is the plecostomus. It eats algae, dead fish and feces. Decomposers The carnivores then eat the herbivores or decomposers and get the carbon dioxide from inside of the organism. One example of a carnivore like this, is me, the great white shark.
I eat herbivores like the green sea turtle and decomposers like the plecostomus. I then gain their carbon and get enough energy. Carnivores Photosynthesis The plants at the ocean's floor take the energy and rays from the sun and photosynthesize it. When they start photosynthesis, they get carbon from the suns rays. The carbon dioxide is then passed on to herbivores which eat the plants. One example of these plants is seagrass. the seagrass photosynthesizes the carbon from the sun's rays. Herbivores As I said, the herbivores eat the plants and gain the carbon dioxide from inside of the plant. One example of an herbivore, is the green sea turtle. It eats plants like seagrass to get energy and get carbon dioxide. Respiration Ocean respiration isn't that difficult to understand. Fish inhale through their gills. They get the oxygen from the water around them. The fish takes in water in its mouth, it pushes the water through its gills and keeps the oxygen inside of its body. This is how fish get oxygen. Oxygen Oxygen is all around us. It flows through the air. Oxygen is inhaled by organisms and the organisms release carbon dioxide. This is how the carbon cycle starts...
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