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Create an infographic using Piktochart, following the guidelines and websites below. Make sure
you publish your infographic before sharing with me the link.
Click on this link to create an infographic in Piktochart, choose a template and navigate within.
Investigate smog by reading the article below in the link, read and reflect on the following
topics and write a hypothesis on how they are related. Include in Piktochart.
Wild fires release carbon and ash
Deforestation- what can be done to improve air quality
Smog article
Compose a theory on how algae could be used as an alternative fuel source after reading
this article. Compare algae as a fuel source to other fossil fuels from the lecture. Include in
This video segment from 'Earth: The Operators' Manual' explores how we know that
today’s increased levels of CO2 are caused by humans burning fossil fuels and not by some
natural process, such as volcanic out-gassing. Climate scientist Richard Alley provides a
detailed step-by-step explanation that examines the physics and chemistry of different
“flavors,” or isotopes, of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere. Take notes on her explanation and
construct steps from it to include in your infographic. Discuss the following key points:
Discuss the various sources and types of CO2 in the atmosphere.
This video helps debunk the misconception that volcanoes emit more CO2 into the
atmosphere than human activities. Humans emit far more CO2 into the atmosphere than
volcanoes. Argue why or why not.

Navigate the following website and discuss the role of deforestation has on the larger
picture of Global Warming. Include in Infographic.
Matter Cycles and Energy Flows in Ecosystems
Go to the link posted above and navigate through the following six lessons. Be sure to
provide detailed explanations of the activities in your infographic as well as answering all
of the questions posted below in the infographic.
Explain why that pattern exists by tracing matter and energy and connecting scales: (a) matter
cycling and energy flow among carbon pools at the ecosystem scale, (b) growth, life functions,
and death of organisms at the macroscopic scale, and (c) carbon-transforming processes
(photosynthesis, biosynthesis, digestion, cellular respiration) at the atomic-molecular scale.
Guiding Question
How do carbon atoms and energy move through an ecosystem?
Activities in this Lesson
Activity 1: Carbon Pools
Activity 2: Carbon Dice Game
Activity 3: Tracing Carbon Through Ecosystems
Activity 4: What Happens to Soil Carbon?
Activity 5: Tracing Energy Through an Ecosystem
Activity 6: Explaining Patterns in Ecosystem
Describe carbon cycling within ecosystems as movement of carbon atoms among carbon pools
associated with:
Movement of materials: Eating, defecation, death
Carbon-transforming processes: combustion, photosynthesis, digestion, biosynthesis, cellular
Explain changes in size of carbon pools in terms of fluxes into and out of carbon pools.
Identify energy transformations involved in carbon fluxes
Describe energy as flowing through ecosystems, from sunlight to chemical energy to heat that is
radiated into space
Review Games
Click on the links below and play the review games. Include in your infographic a
description of each game. Rank the games from your most to least favorite. Rank the
games from the most informational to least informational.




Use a venn diagram to compare and contrast the two video provided in the links below.
Include your venn diagram and a description of each video in your Infographic.