Biology 12th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0-07802-426-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-426-9

Chapter 7 - Photosynthesis - Engage - Thinking Scientifically - Page 128: 2


The plant utilized the carbon dioxide from the air and the water and minerals provided by the soil to undergo photosynthesis, resulting in growth of new plant tissue thereby increasing its mass. Since only trace minerals were needed to support the growth of the plant, very little soil was lost during that process.

Work Step by Step

The plant required only a small amount of material from the soil to grow which resulted in only a small loss of mass from the soil. However, the plant undergoes significant growth using those nutrients, which results in the big increase in mass of the plant.
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