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Unformatted text preview: Biological Diversity: Global Patterns with a Focus on the Tropics 30/03/2011 11:11:00 -6% of the Earths land surface are tropical forests, yet they contain over half of the Earths biodiversity biodiversity is also unique in the tropics 1. Many different aspects of biodiversity Biodiversity: Variety of life Species richness Number of species in a geographic area The sum of all biotic variation from the level of genes to ecosystems We do not really know how much biodiversity exists as we are just beginning to get the tools we need to study it. Phylogenetic Diversity what is its job in the ecosystem Taxonomic Diversity Functional Diversity 2. Why biodiversity matters In the Panama Canal, they needed to divert water from rivers to get the water needed to work the locks. They realized that the forests acted as a sponge to soak up needed to work the locks....
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course ES 10 taught by Professor Kondolf during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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