Natural carbon cycle

Laboratory Activity

A classroom/laboratory activity to understand the carbon cycle, and to explore how human activities may affect the natural carbon cycle.

Students will run a simulation to explore how an increase in fossil fuel use will affect the natural carbon cycle, and will discuss the possible impacts on flora and fauna.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Which components in the carbon cycle act as carbon sinks?
  2. What are the possible impacts of deforestation on the natural carbon cycle? How might these changes affect the Earth’s climate?

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By Annenberg Learner

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Language: English

Location: Global

Grade: High School

Access: Online

Computer Skills: Intermediate

Discipline: Chemistry

Discipline Topics: Carbon Cycle, Biogeochemical Cycles, Environmental Chemistry

Climate Topics: Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms