Poker Chip Model: Global Carbon Pools and Fluxes

This short activity provides a way to improve understanding of a frequently-published diagram of global carbon pools and fluxes. Students create a scaled 3-D visual of carbon reservoirs and the movement of carbon between reservoirs.

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy

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This activity could be embedded in a unit on climate change or the carbon cycle and can be used to help students understand the concept of gigatons of carbon moving between reservoirs.