Earth inhales and exhales carbon in mesmerizing animation

Earth breathes in this cool animation by Markus Reichstein. (Image credit: Markus Reichstein / Creative Commons license)

The Earth seems to inhale and exhale in a new animation that shows how carbon is taken up and released as the seasons change. 

The animated continents seem to deflate during summertimes, indicating times and places where vegetation is growing and plants are sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. When it’s winter, the continents seem to inflate, indicating that vegetation is dying off and carbon is being released.