Smile for the photo and say Cheese! Wait...what do you mean this isn't Photography? Oh yeah...this is Photosynthesis! While it's a lot different than getting your picture taken, both Photography and Photosynthesis involve light. In the case of Photosynthesis, it involves plants taking in sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to fuel their activity, and then giving off oxygen as a waste product! Most plants and algae, as well as some bacteria, gain their energy through photosynthesis, and it's one of the most important reasons why plant and tree lives matter - Photosynthesis is responsible for the majority of oxygen we have on Earth, that we humans and almost all other lifeforms need to survive! Many species perform Photosynthesis in different ways, but the process all has some similarities...
- The energy from light is absorbed with proteins containing chlorophyll.
- Carbon Dioxide and Water also are absorbed, and work their way to the leaf where the light is absorbed.
- Oxygen releases into the atmosphere as a byproduct of the process.
- The Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide create glucose that fuels the plant.