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Unit 6-3 cycle matte

Cycling of matter

Biomass Material derived from living things.
Decay Natural decomposition or rotting caused by bacterial or fungal action.
Decomposers Organisms such as bacteria and fungi that break down the remains of dead plants and animals, without need for internal digestion.
Bacteria A highly diverse group of single-celled, prokaryotic organisms.
Fungi Organisms important as decomposers; widely distributed and can break down just about any type of organic matter
Microorganisms An organism that is too small to be seen with the naked eye.
Detritivore An organism that feeds on dead or decaying plant or animal remains.
Water cycle The constant movement of water through the land, air, oceans, and living things.
Carbon cycle The continuous movement of carbon among the abiotic environment and living things.
Nitrogen cycle The process by which nitrogen is converted between its various chemical forms as it is exchanged among the soil, biosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere of Earth.
Created by: Davis001