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Decomposition

The process of breaking dead plant and animal material into simpler components (atoms, molecules, and compounds) so the materials can be used again. A dead tree turns into a log, which then slowly turns (decays) back into the soil, out of which new plants can grow, as a result of the process of decomposition.

Also see: Decomposers

Usage:
    Pinyon Pine
    ... and is attributed to terpene hydrocarbons. These compounds also impede decomposition, are highly flammable, and are readily volatilized by fire. ...

    Diversity in California
    Some animal species are integral to sustaining the life history of plants, playing an important role in pollination, seed dispersal, and decomposition. ...

    ORGANIC MATTER
    The organic fraction of the soil; includes plant and animal residues at various stages of decomposition, cells and tissues of soil ...



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