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Chapter 54 Ecosystems

Chapter 54 Ecosystems

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Chapter 54 lecture
 
CHAPTER 54 ECOSYSTEMS
 
Copyright © 2002 Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Benjamin Cummings
Section A: The Ecosystem Approach to Ecology
1. Trophic relationships determine the routes of energy flows and chemical cycling in an ecosystem 2. Decomposition connects all trophic levels 3. The laws of physics and chemistry apply to ecosystems
 
An ecosystem consists of all the organisms living in a community as well as all the abiotic factors with which they interact.
The dynamics of an ecosystem involve two  processes: energy flow and chemical cycling.
Ecosystem ecologists view ecosystems as energy machines and matter processors.
We can follow the transformation of energy by grouping the species in a community into
trophic levels
 of feeding relationships.
Introduction
Copyright © 2002 Pearson Education, Inc., publishing as Benjamin Cummings

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