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The effects of human activity on succession illustrated by one
plagioclimax: heather moorland:

Succession can be prevented from reaching the climatic climax or encouraged
towards different climax as a result of human interference. The resulting
ecosystem is known as a plagioclimax ­ stable plant community that has
arisen as a…

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result in the formation of woody tissue, this burns too hot and nutrients
aren't retuned to the soil.
It helps to create heather of different ages. There are four growth stages.
1) Pioneer
2) Building stage ­ shoots (up to 15 years)
3) Mature stage ­ heather dominance but becoming…


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