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    Ecological Impact of Dams

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    Details: Ecosystems can change over time in a process known as natural succession. When an ecosystem is disturbed, both the physical (abiotic) and living (biotic) characteristics may be altered. Disturbances may be natural (e.g., a fire started by lightning) or anthropogenic - human caused (e.g., a fire started by a campfire.)

    Answer the following in your posts:

    Choose a specific ecosystem and discuss the consequences for damage to the ecosystem and recovery of the ecosystem when it is disturbed by a natural AND an anthropogenic events.
    Describe the severity of the disturbances.
    How will the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem change?
    How quickly will the ecosystem recover (the ecosystem's resilience)?
    Should recovery be allowed to proceed naturally, or should humans intervene with restoration practices? Why or why not?
    Use research to find examples of disturbances to ecosystems to support your statements.

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    This solution provides an outline with comprehensive references for understanding dams, their impact on the environment and what is being done to reverse the damage caused by them. The solution is provided within an attached Word document.