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Unformatted text preview: Rapid replacement of species along a spatial transect or ecological gradient Prominent where sharp physical differences occur at the transition between environments o Open Community- the distribution of each species may not coincide closely with the distributions of others, so that the species appear to be independently distributed along a spatial transect No natural boundaries Extent is arbitrary o Continuum concept- the distribution of species along an environmental gradient Visualized by the gradient analysis- the abundance of each species is plotted on a continuous gradient of one or more physical conditions, such as moisture/temp/light level...
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2012 for the course PB 360 taught by Professor Wentworth during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.
- Fall '08