A level Geo: the importance of fluxes in carbon cycle

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Explain the importance of fluxes to the carbon cycle. (6 MARKS)

- all i can think of is that it allows the movement of carbon into useful things such as fuel
- Fluxes allow equilibrium to be maintained

Is there any more? Could I put some information about what the fluxes include e.g. photosynthesis, decomposition.
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(Original post by Frank Peters)
Explain the importance of fluxes to the carbon cycle. (6 MARKS)

- all i can think of is that it allows the movement of carbon into useful things such as fuel
- Fluxes allow equilibrium to be maintained

Is there any more? Could I put some information about what the fluxes include e.g. photosynthesis, decomposition.
Hi, I've moved your thread to Geography study help
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(Original post by Frank Peters)
Explain the importance of fluxes to the carbon cycle. (6 MARKS)

- all i can think of is that it allows the movement of carbon into useful things such as fuel
- Fluxes allow equilibrium to be maintained

Is there any more? Could I put some information about what the fluxes include e.g. photosynthesis, decomposition.
if they did not exist, carbon would accumulate within rocks forever. Thus, this would deplete the amount of carbon entering the carbon cycle and have an adverse impact of life form within the cycle.
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i'm doing the same question and i'm also struggling a bit- i have a few points but the underlying theme for all of them is the concept of equilibrium:
1. fluxes are important because they maintain equilibrium within the earth's atmosphere. increasingly unbalanced fluxes (from human activity) are accelerating/decelerating the fluxes that operate within the carbon cycle, which threatens/disrupts ecosystems.
2. the fluxes help to maintain temperatures on earth (i.e. through greenhouse gases contributing to the warming of the atmosphere, whilst sequestration and sedimentation stores carbon).
3. it combines with other elements to form fuel/energy for growth, for both terrestrial and oceanic species. Therefore, it sustains life and aids in the formation of carbon sinks and sources, which maintain equilibrium.

sorry this isn't much, but i hope it's of some use
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I think I done a 15 marker on this.
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I woud include that carbon is the most useful and versatile chemical on the planet and therefore it is essential to have fluxes to move it from store to store
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