Essential Elements for Life

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samanthamarotta
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Essential Elements for Life
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2013-09-09 18:56:39
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  1. carbon
    • key component in proteins
    • plants transfer carbon in the atmosphere to energy through photosnythesis
  2. hydrogen
    combines with oxygen to form water
  3. oxygen
    • organisms use oxygen for cellular respiration
    • is part of water
  4. nitrogen
    key component in proteins
  5. sulfur
    • key component in proteins
    • used in photosynthesis of some bacteria
  6. calcium
    • is part of cell walls and bones
    • assists in blood clotting
  7. phosphorus
    makes bones, teeth, DNA, RNA
  8. iron
    carries oxygen through the blood stream
  9. sodium
    • needed for proper nerve function
    • maintains body's fluid balance
    • controls blood pressure
    • aids in digestion (helps kidneys retain nutrients)
  10. potassium
    needed for nerve and heart function (contains intracellular fluids)
  11. chlorine
    found in digestive juices
  12. magnesium
    • is the basis of chlorophylls needed for photosnythesis
    • needed for proper function of enzymes

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