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  • Phosphorus Cycle
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  • Cyclic movement of phosphorus in different chemical forms from the environment to organisms and then back to the environment Phosphorus NEVER enters the atmosphere! Very slow cycle
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  • Why is it important? Used in bones, teeth, nucleic acids (DNA), phospholipids, and cell membranes
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  • How do plants and animals get phosphorus? Plants: obtain phosphorus from water and soil Animals: obtain phosphorus from eating plants or other animals
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  • How does phosphorus get into the soil? Erosion: wearing away of rock Weathering: chemical breakdown of rock due to precipitation
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  • How does phosphorus get into the soil? Waste Urine and feces Decay