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ch50 - AN INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND THE BIOSPHERE Chapter...

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY AND THE BIOSPHERE Chapter 50 Notes What is ecology? The environment includes both biotic and abiotic factors. Biotic = abiotic = Ecology therefore will incorporate biotic and abiotic interactions Four Levels of Inquiry: 1. Organismal Ecology: Ways the individual meets challenges posed by the environment. What is this area of ecology concerned with? 2. Population Ecology What is a population? What is this area of ecology concerned with? 3. Community Ecology What is a community? What is this area of ecology concerned with? 4. Ecosystem Ecology What is an ecosystem? What is this area of ecology concerned with? Abiotic factors of the biosphere : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Seasonal effects on climate: For example turnover in a lake:
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