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    Need help with investigating the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem.

    Need information about the tropical rainforest

    Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Need one specific example and a description of the structure of the ecosystem: list both the abiotic and biotic components.

    Describe the function of the ecosystem and explain how the abiotic and biotic components interact in biogeochemical cycles. Describe both the carbon and nitrogen cycles.

    Describe disturbance and recovery and examples of one natural and one human caused disturbance to the ecosystem. Explain the damage to the ecosystem, including the changes to the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem.

    Explain how ecosystems recover naturally based on resilience mechanisms and the theory of secondary succession.

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    Explanation of the Tropical Rain Forest Ecosystem:

    1. Why address the issue of the evergreen tropical rain forest is the biome?

    Properly addressing the structure and function of an ecosystem requires an examination of its components and levels: individual, population, community, ecosystem, landscape, biome, and biosphere. An individual is a single member of a species. Species include organisms of a specific kind that can produce offspring. A population is a distinct group of individuals of a species that live, interbreed and interact in the same geographic area. A community includes all of the populations of organisms that live and interact in a given area at a given time. An ecosystem is a self-sustaining, self-regulating community of organisms interacting with the physical environment within a geographic area. Many ecosystems together are referred to as a landscape. A biome includes landscapes grouped across large terrestrial areas of the Earth. Biomess are identified and classified according to their dominant vegetation type. Vegetation type is largely the product of climate such as temperature, precipitation and availability of light.

    2. Where might this type of ecosystem be located?

    The evergreen tropical rainforest has a variety of plants and animals. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year with 100 to 180 inches of rain annually. The evergreen tropical rain forests exist in three main areas: the Amazon and Orinoco river ...

    Solution Summary

    Discussion of the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem. Referring to a tropical rainforest, determine a location, describe a structure of the ecosystem, and identify abiotic and biotic components. Reflect how the abiotic and biotic components interact in the biochemical cycles, carbon and nitrogen.
    A brief description and examples of disturbance and recovery, causes, and damages they can have on an ecosystem.
    A brief discussion of secondary succession and resilience mechanisms natural recovery.