Has your journey left you with questions about the carbon cycle? Well, thatís what Iím here for! If you have any questions, Iíll be glad to answer them. In fact, I guarantee Iíll find you the answer. (All questions must be carbon-related and have some sort of factual answer -- i.e. no questions like What is the meaning of life?.) Just e-mail my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org, and heíll pass on the question. If yours is good enough, it might even be featured on the same page with the ultimate carbon hero . . . me! Here are some good questions I have received (So far, only my relatives have responded):
Q. Hi Captain! I just wanted to let you know that your web site is great! Itís like a family vacation! Anyway, Iíd like to ask a question. Which process was the most important in your trip through the carbon cycle?
A. Well sis, thatís really a trick question. Every process is important to the overall carbon cycle. If any of the processes did not occur, the rest of the processes in the cycle would be affected. For example, if plants did not store carbon in sugars, humans would not be able to burn those sugars to fuel their bodies. Thus, the storage of carbon by plants allows humans to survive and produce carbon dioxide through respiration which in turn fuels photosynthesis again. The effects of stopping one of the processes, even one that seems relatively minor, would continue throughout the cycle harming the natural cycling of carbon atoms. Therefore, to answer your question, Iíll just say that every process is importanct in relation to the whole of the carbon cycle.
Q. What is the meaning of life?
A. Read the top of this page again.