Extra Credit Opportunity 1:
Problem: Grandma Johnson had very sentimental feelings toward
Johnson Canyon, Utah where she and her late husband had honeymooned
long ago. Because of these feelings, when she died she
requested to be buried under a creosote bush in the canyon.
Using what you have learned about carbon cycling, draw arrows on the
picture below to indicate the path of a carbon atom from Grandma
Johnsonís remains to inside the stomach lining of the coyote.
NOTE: The coyote does not dig up and consume any part of
Grandma Johnsonís remains.
Answer: Arrows should
point from Grandma Johnson to Decomposers to Atmosphere (recipient
of respiration by decomposers) to Creosote Bush (incorporates carbon
through photosynthesis) to Prairie Dog (herbivore) to Coyote