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The Carbon Cycle

Stephen Nodvin, Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts

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In this animated visualization, the global carbon cycle is described by a narrator while animated arrows move from air to ocean, ocean to air, air to soil, showing sources and sinks of carbon.

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The abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is controlled by biogeochemical cycles that continually move these components between their ocean, land, life, and atmosphere reservoirs. The abundance of carbon in the atmosphere is reduced through seafloor accumulation of marine sediments and accumulation of plant biomass and is increased through deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels as well as through other processes.
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mate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system
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Teaching Tips

  • Complementary to other CLEAN selected resources about the carbon cycle.
  • Could be used in addition to reading the material and looking at a static diagram as an introduction to the global carbon cycle.
  • This animation would be an improvement for auditory learners over reading the caption themselves.

About the Science

  • High-level overview of the global carbon cycle.
  • Splits up the aquatic and terrestrial cycles and links them back together through rivers in the end.
  • One of a group of animations on climate and energy topics.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The overall concept of the carbon cycle was explained clearly.
  • This animation would work well in a introductory course to the basics of carbon cycling.

About the Pedagogy

  • Good concise narrative of the carbon cycle by a pleasant speaking voice.
  • Narrator reads a description of the global carbon cycle while animated arrows move from air to ocean, ocean to air, air to soil, showing sources and sinks of carbon.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Stream quality may depend on bandwidth and network congestion.
  • This animation would be beneficial for auditory learners.

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