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Biogeochemical Cycling and the Phosphorus Cycle

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Put the following elements in order of abundance by weight in living organisms, starting with the most abundant, and ending with the least abundant: iron, copper, phosphorus, oxygen, and hydrogen.

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1. Which of the following is not a component of the phosphorus cycle?

2. Within the biogeochemical cycle, where do consumers get most of their elements from, not including oxygen and hydrogen?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need to know about the abundance of certain elements, the parts of the phosphorus cycle and the definition of biogeochemical cycling, among related topics. All of the quiz questions are multiple-choice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Ensure that you can correctly answer questions about the following topics:

  • The abundance of elements in living organisms
  • The components of the phosphorous cycle
  • Where consumers get their elements (apart from oxygen and hydrogen)
  • The characteristics of biogeochemical cycling
  • Human intervention in the phosphorus cycle

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as biogeochemical cycling
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the phosphorus cycle
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the most and least abundant elements in living things and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Continue your studies of how an element cycles through organisms and the environment via the corresponding lesson titled Biogeochemical Cycling and the Phosphorus Cycle. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define macronutrients
  • Recognize what trace elements are
  • Identify the most abundant elements and understand their significance
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