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Follow the Carbon

Students Directions

Read the scenario below. Then in 1) words and 2) drawing(s) describe and explain what happens to the carbon atom on this journey.

You are a carbon atom and you are taken in by an oak tree, converted to starch, stored in a seed, which is eaten by a squirrel. In the squirrel, you are stored in fat; the squirrel uses up all of its fat during winter hibernation, which leaves you where?

Both your written explanation and sketch(es) must address the following:

  • What happens within the steps provided in the scenario
  • What happens between the steps provided
  • Where you (the carbon atom) end up
  • What the typical time scale would be for that path
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