Ecosystems and How They Work

Choose 1 of the following ecosystems:

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

You will write an APA-style research paper about your choice of ecosystem, including the following elements:

  • Describe where this type of ecosystem might be located. Name 1 specific example.
  • Describe the structure of the ecosystem.
    • List at least 3 specific examples of both abiotic components and biotic components for the ecosystem type selected.
  • Describe the function of the ecosystem
    • In your own words, explain or define biogeochemical cycle.
    • Describe the steps in the carbon cycle as an example of one biogeochemical cycle.
  • Describe disturbance and recovery
    • Describe 1 natural and 1 human-caused disturbance to the ecosystem that you have chosen.
    • Describe the damage to the ecosystem for each example, including how the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem changed.
  • Provide 2 examples of natural resources provided by the ecosystem that you have selected.
    • How can these be sustained into the future?
    • How can humans act as good stewards to assist ecosystem recovery? Provide 1 example specific to the ecosystem that you have chosen.
 

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