Project #49094 - Environmental science

 

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In this assignment, you will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem.

Choose 1 of the following ecosystems:

  • Tropical rainforest
  • Grassland
  • Coral reef
  • Estuary
  • Desert

You will write an APA-style research paper of 2–3 pages about your choice of ecosystem, covering the following in your paper:

  • Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give 1 specific example.
  • Describe the structure of the ecosystem.
    • List both the abiotic components and biotic components.
  • Describe the function of the ecosystem.
    • How do the abiotic and biotic components interact in biogeochemical cycles?
    • Describe both the carbon and nitrogen cycles.
  • Describe disturbance and recovery.
    • Describe 1 natural and 1 human-caused disturbance to the ecosystem.
    • Explain the damage to the ecosystem, including how the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem changed.
  • Explain how ecosystems recover naturally based on resilience mechanisms and the theory of secondary succession.

Please submit your assignment.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

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Course Materials

Points Possible: 100
Date Due: Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Objective:
  • Describe fundamental concepts of Environmental Science: sustainability, stewardship, and sound science.
  • Differentiate between varying kinds of ecosystems, and explain the nature of organisms and population pressures on natural ecosystems.

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/28/2014 09:00 am
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