Carbon, Nitrogen and Water Cycles Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Carbon, Nitrogen and Water Cycles
An overview of how fossil-fuel combustion and fertilizers are damaging our environment.
# 117421 | 1,704 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2009 in Environmental Studies (Environmental Problems) , Biology (Ecology)

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The paper explains how the carbon, nitrogen and water cycles work and how they affect the ocean environment. The paper then looks at how the carbon and nitrogen emissions affect global warming and illustrates the highly deleterious effect of the excess fossil fuels we are burning, and subsequently emitting into the atmosphere. The paper contends that for mankind to continue functioning on the earth, he must heed the cycles of nature, and take great care to ensure that his actions do not disrupt them.

Carbon Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle
Water Cycle
Their Effect on the Ocean Environment
Their Effect on Global Warming

From the Paper:

"The burning of coal, oil, and natural gas each year spews about 5.3 Billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide. The carbon cycle is the process by which the atmosphere absorbs this waste, either converting through photosynthesis or merely acting as a sink, absorbing it. Oceans and land can only absorb a fraction of the gas, and thus 3.3 billion tons a year go up into the air, causing a buildup which has concerned the world. This buildup will be discussed in regards to its relation to global warming, as it is a leading cause. The scientific community has been confident for a long time about its knowledge in regards to the carbon cycle. It has been held that the oceans absorb roughly forty percent of the carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel combustion, accomplished through the process of the carbon cycle."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Monastersky, R. "Carbon Dioxide: Where Does it All Go?" Science News. 136.9, p. 132.
  • Kerr, Richard A. "The Carbon Cycle and Climate Warming." Science. 222.4628, pp. 1107-1108.
  • Fields, Scott. "Global Nitrogen: Cycling out of Control." Environmental Health Perspectives. 112.10, pp. A556-A563.
  • "The Water Cycle." U.S. Geological Survey.
  • "Damaging Oceans - Our Planet's Protective Shield is Being Destroyed." ESS. Retrieved on 5 December 2007, from:

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