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  • Photosynthesis is a biological process which plays a vital role in cycling the atmosphere's carbon dioxide, while simultaneously producing oxygen and other complex substances. Green plants, with chlorophyll, utilize the sun's energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into the plant biomass while oxygen that is released into the atmosphere.
    [Science News; v146; 23; 1994.]
    [Quarterly Review of Biology; v69; 294-295; 1994.]
    [The Atmosphere; page 461; 1982; Prentice Hall Inc.; Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.]
    [Global Patterns: Climate, Vegetation, and Soils; Wallace Akin; page 6; 1991; University of Oklahoma Press; Norman.]
    [The Green Encyclopedia; Irene Franck and David Brownstone; page 244; 1992; Prentice Hall; New York.]
    Source: Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary
  • production of carbohydrates from water and carbon dioxide by means of chlorophyll in presence of energy-supplying light
    Source: Noland, George B. 1983. General Biology, 11th Edition. St. Louis, MO. C. V. Mosby
  • the reaction carried out by plants in which energy from sunlight is used to convert carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into sugars and oxygen.