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HELP THIS IS DUE AT MIDNIGHT! Complete the following statements to describe the indirect benefits to society of conserving biodiversity. Not all...

HELP THIS IS DUE AT MIDNIGHT!!!

Complete the following statements to describe the indirect benefits to society of conserving biodiversity. Not all choices will be used.

An indirect benefit of biodiversity is  ____________ , as various organisms called  ____________  break down dead organic matter and return the nutrients to the soil. This can be  ____________  efficient than waste treatment plants.

Biodiversity also helps return  ____________  to the environment. Forests and natural ecosystems act as sponges to  ____________  release water into the ecosystem, reducing the likelihood of flooding.

Intact ecosystems also help retain soil and prevent  ____________  and sedimentation. This is an especially important argument against  ____________ . Trees also help regulate  ____________  by providing shade and maintaining area rainfall.

Biodiversity also helps maintain  ____________ , such as the water, nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus cycles. Without the function of these cycles, ecosystems can become  ____________ .

Biodiversity also helps to boost  ____________ , as families enjoy visiting different ecosystems for vacations.

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biogeochemical cycles

climate

decomposers

deforestation

desertification

ecotourism

erosion

freshwater

less

more

polluted

producers

quickly

slowly

waste disposal

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(A)   Waste disposal (B)    Decomposers (C)    More (D)   Freshwater... View the full answer

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