Ecosystems

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  • Ecosystems
    • Closed loop system
      • All natural ecosystems are closed loop systems
      • In a perfect closed loop system no materials enter or leave the system.
      • Output of one becomes input of another
      • No ecosystem can be a perfect one as some input is lost
    • linear system
      • the waste products do not get feeded back as food products
      • you have to add new products to keep it going
    • waste products
      • oxygen is a waste product in photosynthesis used in respiration
      • Carbon dioxide is a waste product from respiration. It is used in photosynthesis.
      • Dead organic matter  is used directly as food or processed into useful nutrients by microorganisms.
    • nitrogen cycle
    • carbon cycle
    • damage to ecosystems by humans
      • agricultural waste
        • harvesting plants and animals can damage an ecosystem
        • harvesting timber can lead to soil erosion and loss of habitat
        • over fishing can damage ecosystems and cause the to become extinct
        • loss of hedges means less habitat for the birds
        • fertilisers get washed into rivers and kill animals
      • industrial waste
      • green house gases
      • household waste
      • bio-fuels destroy habitat and decrease biodiversity
        • lack of shade and the lack of moisture in the soil can cause desertification (when fertile land turns into relatively lifeless desert).
    • reproductive strategies
      • fish and amphibians  produce large numbers of eggs because fertilisation takes place outside the body.
      • When organisms produce large numbers of reproductive cells or reproductive structures, these ensure that reproduction is likely to be successful.
      • The unsuccessful cells are recycled into the ecosystem. They are usually used as nutrients for animals or microorganisms.
    • vegetation
      • it is important because it is used in photosynthesis
      • roots help stabilise soil
      • Trees provide shade from the sun and help to insulate the forest floor at night
      • Transpiration from trees helps to promote cloud formation.
    • sustainability
      • examples
        • Fish populations can be preserved if quotas are observed, which means that each country has an entitlement to catch only a certain number of each type of fish.
        • using biofuels - A biofuel is a fuel produced from renewable resources - such as plant biomass
        • Forests can be preserved if the trees are replanted
    • bioaccumulation
      • Is when toxins build up in a food chain.
      • The animals at the top of the food chain are affected most severely.
    • Eutrophication
      • When fertilisers are added to farmland in large quantities, plants and animals in nearby rivers and lakes can sometimes be killed, but not by poisoning.

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