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Carbon cycle

Year: 2009 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Living systems play a vital role in the carbon cycle. Photosynthesising organisms – mostly plants on land and various kinds of algae and bacteria in the sea – use either atmospheric carbon dioxide or that dissolved in sea water as the basis for the complex organic carbon compounds that are essential for life.
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Carbon stored by biome
Forest, crops and the people
Human use and conversion of tropical forests
Ocean carbon cycle
Peat distribution in the World
Plantation forestry
Savannas and tropical grasslands
Temperate forests