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biogeochemical cycle

Definition

Movement of chemical elements in a circular pathway, from organisms to physical environment, back to organisms. The process is termed a nutrient cycle if the elements concerned are trace elements, which are essential to life. A biogeochemical cycle occurs when vegetation decomposes and minerals are incorporated naturally in the humus for future plant growth. (Source: WRIGHT)

Themes
  • biology
  • soil
Groups
  • BIOSPHERE (organisms, ecosystems)
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Scope note

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Concept URL: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept/833