composting dynamics

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  • 1. Compose to Decompose to Recompose Construct to Deconstruct to | |

2. Compositiona. The combining of distinct parts orelements to form a whole.b. The manner in which such parts arecombined or related.Decompositiona. to break down (organic matter) physicallyand chemically by bacterial or fungal action;rotb. to break down or cause to break downinto simpler chemical compounds 3. Building Blocks:Assembling Disassembling 4. Construction 5. Deconstruction/Demolition 6. DecompositionDecomposition is the naturalprocess by which large organicmaterials and molecules are brokendown into simpler ones. The finalproducts of decomposition aresimple molecules, such as carbondioxide and water. 7. If decomposition did notoccur, the world would beovercome with Himalayanpiles of dead, chieflyunusable materials. 8. Decomposition times Banana Peel: 3-4 weeks Paper Bag: 1 month Cardboard: 2 months Wool Sock : 1 year Tinned Steel Can: 50 years Aluminum Can: 200-500 years (But if recycled, it can be reused within 6 weeks!) Disposable Diapers: 550 years Plastic Bags : 20-1000 years Plastic Jug: 1 million years Glass : 1-2 million years Styrofoam: 1+ million years 9. What to do? Who to call? 10. The Non-military Cavalry: Recyclingand Composting 11. Wrecking Balls to Complex Structures Water Sunlight/ Heat Microorganisms pH Other organic material Earth worms 12. (Wo)Mankind and Worms Heroes of the EarthAll shapes and sizes with similar traits