Investigating Combustion and the Carbon Cycle

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In this activity, students explore the role of combustion in the carbon cycle. They learn that carbon flows among reservoirs on Earth through processes such as respiration, photosynthesis, combustion, and decomposition, and that combustion of fossil fuels is causing an imbalance. This activity is one in a series of 9 activities.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS2-6   Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.

MS-LS2-3   Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

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