The Cycles Giselle vanagten

There are many cycles that help keep the earth in balance. Such as the water cycle, carbon cycle, and nitrogen cycle.

These are the different cycles

The Nitrogen Cycle

The nitrogen cycle is the cycle nitrogen goes through to be able to be used by plants.

When an organism dies it goes through decomposition, releasing nitrogen in the form of ammonium.

This is an example of decomposition because this plant is dead and is in the process of breaking down itself. It will release ammonium into the soil.

When ammonia is released into the soil it cannot be used, so bacteria in the soil turn it into nitrogen nitrates that plants can use. This process is called nitrification. There are also bacteria that convert the nitrates into gas, and that gets released back into the atmosphere.

Most of the process of the nitrogen cycle occurs in the soil, such as nitrification, and denitrification. So I took a picture of the soil.

The Water Cycle

The water cycle is the cycle water goes through to get transported to different areas of the world.

When water gets heated up, it changes from liquid form to gas. This is called evaporation.

When water evaporates it is released into the atmosphere. There the gas will form clouds. This is called condensation.

These clouds are part of condensation. Condensation is an essential part of the water cycle.

The clouds formed by condensation will get to heavy and release water back to the Earth, this is called precipitation. It can come in the form of rain, hail, sleet, or snow.

Plants that contain water can also transpire. Transpiration is the process of water leaving a plant in the form of water vapor. This will also condensate and become part of the cycle.

Carbon cycle

The carbon cycle is the process carbon goes through the environment and cycle through our world.

When an animal eats another organism it absorbs the carbon from that organism. This is called assimilation.

The animal is consuming a plant. The animal is assimilating with the plant.The animal is absorbing the carbon and contributing to the carbon cycle.

When animals decompose or defecate they release that carbon into the soil.

This organism has died

The ocean also absorbs carbon because it is very soluble. Carbon also gets released, so it is a constant in and out cycle in the ocean.


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