Reading: Biogeochemical Cycles

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A reading titled “Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycle”’ from the Fifth Assessment Report titled “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis” by Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This reading discusses the carbon cycle and other long-term biogeochemical cycles and can be used to introduce topics such as  long-term cycles and feedback mechanisms. It also discusses concepts of atmospheric carbon, the greenhouse effect, solar radiation, ocean acidification and carbon cycle feedback. 

Students will learn about the various biogeochemical cycles and will understand Earth’s climate system and climate change. They will additionally learn about how these cycles interact with each other on different scales.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is the carbon cycle?
  2. Discuss Earth’s climate system, climate change and biogeochemical cycles.

About the Tool 

Tool NameCarbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles
DisciplineBiological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Carbon Cycles, Nitrogen Cycle, Methane, Long-term Cycles
Climate Topic Long-term Cycles and Feedback Mechanisms
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Developed byIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hosted atIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Website
Computer SkillsBasic
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