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The Impact of Human Activities on the Natural Carbon Cycle

Classroom/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?
About Tool
Tool Name The Habitable Planet – Carbon Lab
Discipline Chemistry, Earth‌ ‌Sciences‌, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Carbon Cycle, Biogeochemical Cycles, Environmental Chemistry
Climate Topic Long-term Feedback Mechanisms
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity 
Grade Level High School
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Annenberg Learner
Hosted at Annenberg Learner
Access Online
Computer Skills Intermediate


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