Trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide (as well as other gaseous pollutants) as part of photosynthesis through the stomates in the leaves, where it becomes sequestered as carbohydrates in the interior. This is why trees are often thought of as “carbon sinks,” and why a typical way ofoffsetting one’s carbon footprint is to plant trees.
Anywhere that a tree performs photosynthesis is where atmospheric carbon is absorbed. This is typically in the leaves of the tree, although it can take place on stems. However, leaves, stems, branches, roots and tree litter all store carbon. Carbon can be transferred to different parts of the tree. When trees die, they release carbon from the dead wood, roots and leaves.
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