SCIE210 Ip1

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In this assignment, you will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem. Choose one of the following ecosystems: • Tropical rainforest • Grassland • Coral Reef • Estuary • Desert You will write a two to three page APA-style research paper about your choice of ecosystem including: • Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give one 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 one natural and one 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

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SCIE210-IP1NameClassDateProfessorEcosystem of the Grassland Grasslands are geographical areas dominated by vegetation that is made up of different grasses and plants containing no wood. Grasslands consist of all types of grass that grows based on the climate of the geographical area. Grasslands form prairies, savannas and other types of grasslands. Grasslands can contain shrubs or some wooded areas but the majority of the land will be dominated by grass. The climate in grasslands is dry with hot summers and cold winters. The more moisture that is in an area the more wooded plants will grow, such as taiga and forests. In order for the grassland to grow it must be exposed to the right climate or there must be human interference to ensure that only grass grows in the area. Biotic and abiotic factors are interrelated. If one factor is changed or removed, it impacts the availability of other resources within the system (Wang, 2010). Biotic factors are living factors. This includes animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria. Abiotic factors are nonliving and include weather or the habitat in which the ecosystem is located. The ecosystem is a combination of all of the living systems and nonliving systems in an environment. In the grassland the ecosystem is a biological system that does not contain trees or shrubs but instead these areas are dominated by grass like plants. The abiotic factors of the grassland involve the climate of the area which i

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