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The World Biodiversity 1 Biodiversity By: Tamara Barhite GENS320 Physical Geography Due Date: November 27, 2016
The World Biodiversity 2 What is Biodiversity and the Importance of Biodiversity? Biodiversity can be studied on many levels as it is a variety of life. With us as humans, we were slow to enter into the planet we call Earth. However when we did enter we joined a huge cast of characters; a cast that is so large it has not and may never be fully counted. Currently researchers have identified just over 1.7 million species, but researchers predict that there may be well over 100 million species yet waiting to be identified. Of those identified we understand partially the role they play on human lives and within their own ecosystems in which they may play a vital role [Nat161]. Species is just one part of biodiversity; there is also genetic biodiversity and ecological biodiversity. “Genetic biodiversity means, the variation in genes that exists within a species” [Nat161]; for an example to put into a simpler definition, take all horses, they are all part of the same species. However, their genes indicate whether they are a Shetland pony or a Clydesdale; the variation in genes is what makes the difference. Think about the sizes, the colors, and the shapes that make up the genetic diversity of horses. “Ecological biodiversity is the diversity of ecosystems, natural communities, and habitats; it’s the variety of ways that species interact with each other and their environment” [Nat161]. The natural world is characterized by its beauty of fish laden waters flowing over rocky streams, the bison grazing on open grasslands, and the hot springs bubbling with microbes and minerals; within each of these settings is a n ecological community. The enormous diversity of genes and species within the different ecosystems on this plant such as the deserts, rainforests,

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