LONG-TERM CARBON CYCLE: From Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbons

Long-Term Carbon Cycle

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2018

The long-term carbon cycle

Long-Term Carbon Cycle

Carbon is in motion in the long-term carbon cycle.

But the distinction between the short-term carbon cycle is that this cycle takes millions of years to come full circle.

Instead of carbon converting into sugars, carbon is re-purposed into fossil fuels like coal. When plants are buried and compacted over millions of years, they become hydrocarbons.

When you drive your gas-powered car, you tap into Earth’s carbon reserves deposited hundreds of million years ago.

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