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In natural circumstances, accumulated reserves of carbon such as peat, coal and oil represent a sink or natural diversion from the cycle. Eventually, the carbon in these sinks returns to the cycle through the action of geological processed which return deposits to the surface for oxidation. (a) What is the effect of human activity on the amount of carbon stored in sinks? (b) Describe two global effects resulting from this activity: (c) What could be done to prevent or alleviate these effects?

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a. The level of carbon stored in sinks are declining.

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