4. I would define the term balance of nature by saying that nature balances itself out correctly and efficiently if you leave it alone and let it do its thing. 5. I saw competition for food and resources. The competition was between the deer in order to get resources and between the predators to get deer. 6. This is similar to real life because when the deer gets the resources it needs to live it can reproduce and have offspring which means more deer, this goes the same for the
mountain lions. However what is different from real life is deer and mountain lions don’t magically multiply when they get their food or resources; it takes time for them to actually reproduce and gain more population. 7. Other ways I thought the simulation was similar or different to nature was that whenever the deer population went down the resources went up but the mountain lions would soon decrease, which made the deer population go up again and the resources go down again. I thought that this really gave a close up perspective of how nature really works and how it is able to balance each other out without the need of outside help. 8. If we started out with a large population of prey (deer) then initially the mountain lion population would go up almost exponentially. However after a few rounds, the mountain lion population will decrease quickly because they ate a lot of the deer previously. 9. If the predators were exterminated the prey population would grow out of control and consume all their resources and food. Over many generations the prey population may overpower everything else and make everything go extinct and soon themselves because of their constant consumption.
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