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Carbon cycle

Year: 2009 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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
Temperate forests
Savannas and tropical grasslands
Peat distribution in the World
Human use and conversion of tropical forests
Ocean carbon cycle
Plantation forestry
Forest, crops and the people