• anonymous
What is the primary function of the carbon cycle? recycling the supply of carbon on Earth creating macromolecules recycling the supply of water on Earth creating fossil fuels
  • Stacey Warren - Expert
Hey! We 've verified this expert answer for you, click below to unlock the details :)
At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat.
  • schrodinger
I got my questions answered at in under 10 minutes. Go to now for free help!
  • Brandon_Ray32
The plants use the carbon in forming chemical bonds for long term energy storage. Plants can't store the suns energy as it arrives but they can store chemical energy. Photosynthesis takes CO2 out of the atmosphere and combining it with H2O creates glucose (C6H12O6) and oxygen. The plant uses its glucose to make into polysaccharides like starch for food and cellulose for structure. This locks the carbon up until the plant is eaten where some carbon is released through respiration but some is kept to become part of the animal. Once the plant or animal dies and decays the carbon is released to the soil. Some returns to the atmosphere but some carbon remains trapped in the soil to eventually form hydrocarbons or fossil fuels. Until we began burning hydrocarbons the photosynthesis, respiration, decomposition was the main cycle.
  • Brandon_Ray32
but A. recycling the supply of carbon on Earth

Looking for something else?

Not the answer you are looking for? Search for more explanations.