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The importance of Carbon.

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Carbon The importance of Carbon cannot be under estimated. It is the main constituent for all living organisms. All cells contain Carbon whether these are bacteria, plant or animal. The Carbon cycle is the process of inorganic Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere being converted by plants into organic Carbon so that all living organisms can use it. Carbon is the major building blocks for the synthesis of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, Nucleic acids and cell membranes. The carbon cycle The exchange of carbon between living organisms. The process where inorganic carbon is converted by plants into organic carbon. ...read more.


3. The carbon can be transferred to us through plants or other organisms that have eaten the plants. 4. The carbon is returned to the atmosphere when are bodies or other organisms decay. We need this carbon for vital processes such as respiration or the production of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, fats and proteins. There are many vital chemical reactions within are body that carbon has a great importance for and we could not survive without carbon as it is a main constituent. I am now going to discuss how we use carbon in carbohydrates, nucleic acids, fats and proteins. ...read more.


They have a vital 5 carbon ring sugar. Carbohydrates provide energy for most living organisms and they are also used in the production of fats. They are firstly produced in photosynthesis and are passed on through the carbon cycle to organisms because carbohydrates are made up of simple sugars which use carbon and water to store the sunlight energy. We not be able to have access to this energy without carbon and therefore would not survive. Carbohydrates are used in the production of fats and therefore hence the importance of carbon. Biliography Websites : http://www.web-books.com/MoBio/free/Ch3A.htm http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A0857177.html http://library.thinkquest.org/27819/ch2_6.shtml http://www.theguardians.com/Microbiology/gm_mbm13.htm http://www.carleton.edu/departments/geol/DaveSTELLA/Carbon/c_cycle_processes.htm#terr http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat#Chemical_structure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_structure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Fipsi.png http://dl.clackamas.edu/ch106-09/nucleoti.htm Books Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology AS-Heinemann Alevel Biology- Glen and Susan Toole ...read more.

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