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Ecosystems at Risk - Essay 2 (Full Essay)

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Biology Natural environment Conservation biology Systems ecology Habitat Ecology Aquatic ecology Ecosystem Wetland Biodiversity Social vulnerability Resilience
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Biology Natural environment Conservation biology Systems ecology Habitat Ecology Aquatic ecology Ecosystem Wetland Biodiversity Social vulnerability Resilience
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INTRO An ecosystem can be defined as “the diverse interactions of plants and animals, along with the non-­‐‐living components of their environment, linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows”. All ecosystems, regardless of size and structure, are “Vulnerable” to certain influences that may affect them, such as natural stress and human modifications to energy flows or nutrient cycling. If an ecosystem is too susceptible to these stresses, the ecological equilibrium can be upset. On the other side of the spectrum, the same ecosystem has the ability to endure changes and disturbances while maintaining the same level of productivity. T...
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