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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decomposition

Decomposition is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler matter. The process is a part of nutrient cycle and is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biosphere. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. ... Decomposition begins at the moment of death, caused by two factors: ...

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/energy_biomass/thecarboncyclerev1.shtml

Materials from living things decay because they are digested (broken down) by microorganisms. These microorganisms cause decay by releasing enzymes that  ...

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_gateway_pre_2011/greenworld/decayrev1.shtml

Decay is an essential life process, which helps to digest food and recycle materials. Bacteria ... They both cause decay by releasing enzymes which break down ...

wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-does-food-rot

What causes these changes within foods? ... of food, as well as within any cracks or holes in the surface of the food, further contributing to increased decay.

treesforlife.org.uk/forest/forest-ecology/decomposition-and-decay

Decomposition and decay are vital processes, playing an essential role in the ... quite negatively, with the former mainly associated with things that are rotten, have .... the action of bacteria inside the corpse causes putrefaction and swelling of ...

www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/recycling-dead

Sep 27, 2014 ... The world would be very different if the rates at which things decay were ... in temperature will tend to cause reactions to happen more quickly.”.

profmattstrassler.com/articles-and-posts/particle-physics-basics/why-do-particles-decay/most-particles-decay-why

Why do most particles disintegrate [the technical term is ``decay''] into other ... has some sort of interaction with — other things, in particular the air and the pegs at its .... particle decay increases entropy (a tiny bit), this is a symptom, not a cause.

www.americangeosciences.org/education/k5geosource/activities/investigations/fossils/how-fossils-form

They probably recognize that when food begins to decompose, it changes color and texture and mold begins to grow. They probably do not know what causes ...

science-at-home.org/kid-question-rotting

Jun 4, 2010 ... There are two different things happening when something rots, this video shows both of them. Rotting is actually an important thing that is ...