*Decomposer-an organism, especially a soil bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material.
*Consumer-a person or thing that eats or uses something
*ecosystem-a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
*producer-a person or thing that makes or causes something.
*food chain-a hierarchical series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food.
*biotic-of, relating to, or resulting from living things, especially in their ecological relations.
*abiotic-physical rather than biological; not derived from living organisms.
*adaptation-the action or process of adapting or being adapted.
What are some examples of biotic/abiotic factors in a wetland ecosystem?
Biotic: turtlehead flowers, water, trees, butterflires, competition, bacteria, carrying capacity, plaintain, ash, and the false foxglove.
Abiotic-sunlight, air, climate, soil, water, rocks, and temperature.
Energy enters the ecosystem food chain in what form?
What do the arrows in question # 11 represent?
*They represent the flow of the ecosystem.
What might happen to the food chain if one element were to be eliminated (by disease or habitat loss, for example)?
*It would cause chaos and disorganization.
How do wetlands positively affect water quality?
The grasses and other plants act as a filter for the water, cleaning out contaminants and the soil acts as a sponge and takes out the pollutants.
How do wetlands offer flood protection?
They absorb a lot of water and reduce the speed of the flooding water.
How do wetlands protect shoreline from erosion?
The plants act as a barrier by blocking the water flow and the roots ofthe plants cause the soil to be more stable and more packed together.
How do wetlands provide habitat for wildlife?
The can be a habitat for many different animals such as fish or frogs, but also land animals that don't necessarily live in the water all the time. The provide plants to eat and water to drink//live in.
What other benefits do wetlands offer?
One benefit is recreational use. Wetlands provide space for people to canoe, fish, hunt, etc. Another benefit is education. Wetlands provide space for animal or plant life studies or field trips for students to learn about specific animals or plants or types of environments.