what is an ecosystem?

Asked by  | 24th Mar, 2009, 04:44: PM

Expert Answer:

Ecosystem is the interacting system of a biological community and its non-living environmental surroundings. Thus, its components include plants, animals, and microorganisms; soil, rocks, and minerals; as well as surrounding water sources and the local atmosphere. The size of ecosystems varies tremendously.  An ecosystem could be an entire rain forest, covering a geographical area larger than many nations, or it could be a puddle or a backyard garden.

Ecosystems are characterized by flow of energy through food webs, production and degradation of organic matter, and transformation and cycling of nutrient elements. This production of organic molecules serves as the energy base for all biological activity within ecosystems

Answered by  | 25th Mar, 2009, 09:48: AM

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