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posted by alias Tangent~Artifact, here sometimes :) on Saturday 27th of October 2007 03:01:55 PM

I should desaturate this :) EDIT: OK, I won't :) EDIT2: And our winner is... SAM! (sam_samantha) who clearly explained why it could not be desaturated because of the equation... :) EDIT3 (19 months later... :) Because this picture is still viewed rather often, I thought it was appropriate to mention the most common equation... With some reservations. Which would be, *assuming* that the electron donor is water, and the resulting carbohydrate is glucose, as it is most often the case; at least in this picture: 6(CO2) + 12(H2O) + photons -> C6H12O6 + 6(O2) + 6(H2O) carbon dioxide & water & energy (light) -> carbohydrate (glucose here) & oxygen & water For the not-so-much-into-that-kinda things: 6 atoms of carbon - "C" [in 6(C02)] , 24 atoms of hydrogen - "H" [in 12(H2O), 12x2] and 24 atoms of oxygen - "O" [12 in 6(CO2) and 12 in 12(H2O)] gets perfectly recombined into other chemicals we need to breathe and feed upon. Pheeeeww... There are more fundamental equations that can express the phenomenom beyond water and glucose. That one is just an application. Btw, obviously it can be simplified as: 6(CO2) + 6(H2O) + photons -> C6H12O6 + 6O2, but then we only make some kind of *inventory of matter*, loosing track of an important fact, persistence of water as the only source of the resulting dioxigen atoms. Anyway, this is life... Any real big questions lie way beyond :) So, is there any beauty here? Though this (beauty) doesn't mean anything per se, I find there is quite a lot. Most possibly because I'm an animal that belongs to the whole story. Indeed, quite an animal to reckon that such an equation is one of our fundamentals (no, we shouldn't talk of an equation, this is a natural phenomenon, what we call an equation is just our attempt to explain and move forward, but we can't help it :)

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