Thank a Plant

Breathe in. Breathe out. Now thank a plant. Seriously! The deep breath that you just inhaled contained oxygen. Your body needs oxygen to survive. Oxygen travels to all parts of your body through your bloodstream. Where does that oxygen come from? It comes from plants. Plants use a process known as photosynthesis to produce oxygen for our planet. Photosynthesis doesn't just create oxygen for us; it creates food for the plant as well.

Photosynthesis is a process. It happens in several steps. First, plants must take in water through their roots. The water travels up the xylem tissues in the plant. Next, the plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air. This happens through small openings in the leaves called stomata. The plants also absorb energy from the sun. When all these factors are combined, a chemical reaction takes place. The plant creates glucose and releases oxygen .....

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