Carbon dioxide study adds to picture of global carbon cycle

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 06:30 in Earth & Climate

(Phys.org) —One of the most widely known compounds on Earth is carbon dioxide, or CO2. We learn as children that CO2 is a key component of photosynthesis, the process by which plants, algae, and bacteria convert light into energy. This reaction is part of the global carbon cycle, the exchange of carbon between Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere – and is key to our planet's ability to support life.

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