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the organic circulation of carbon from the atmosphere into organisms and back again

a thermonuclear reaction in the interior of stars

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Data from SMAP will be used to enhance understanding of processes that link the water, energy and carbon cycles, and to extend the capabilities of weather and climate prediction models including improved flood prediction and drought monitoring capabilities.
Natural biological carbon cycles, on the other hand, run at seasonal or annual time scales - we can see them happening in our daily lives: photosynthesis in green leaves, respiration, veldfires and combustion of wood, rotting plants, and so on.
The map will help scientists build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast those carbon cycles through ecosystems and back into the atmosphere.
Such an arbitrary number betrays an ignorance of the complexities of energy production and carbon cycles.
Short carbon cycles are much better for limiting climate change.