5 types of ecosystems

The Forest Ecosystems: in forest ecosystems the density of living organisms is quite high. A small change in this ecosystem could affect the whole balance, effectively bringing down the whole ecosystem.

The Desert Ecosystem: Desert ecosystems are located in regions that receive an annual rainfall less than 25. They occupy about 17 percent of all the land on our planet. Due to the extremely high temperature, low water availability and intense sunlight, fauna and flora are scarce and poorly developed. The vegetation is mainly shrubs, bushes, few grasses and rare trees. The stems and leaves of the plants are modified in order to conserve water as much as possible. The best known desert ones are the succulents such as the spiny leaved cacti. The animal organisms include insects, birds, camels, reptiles all of which are adapted to the desert (xeric) conditions.

The Grassland Ecosystem: Grasslands are located in both the tropical and temperate regions of the world though the ecosystems vary slightly. The area mainly comprises grasses with a little number of trees and shrubs. The main vegetation includes grasses, plants and legumes that belong to the composite family. A lot of grazing animals, insectivores and herbivores inhabit the grasslands.

The Mountain Ecosystem: Mountain land provides a scattered and diverse array of habitats where a large number of animals and plants can be found. At the higher altitudes, the harsh environmental conditions normally prevail, and only the treeless alpine vegetation can survive. The animals that live there have thick fur coats for prevention from cold and hibernation in the winter months. Lower slopes are commonly covered with coniferous forests.

Aquatic Ecosystems: The aquatic ecosystem is the ecosystem found in a body of water. It encompasses aquatic flora, fauna and water properties, as well. There are two main types of aquatic ecosystem - Marine and Freshwater.

Define the following by using them in a sentence.

1. a decomposer is an organism, especially a soil bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material.

2. a consumer is a person who purchases goods and services for personal use.

3. an ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.

4. a producer is a person, company, or country that makes, grows, or supplies goods or commodities for sale.

5. a food chain is a hierarchical series of organisms that each dependent on the next as a source of food.

6. a biotic is relating to, or resulting from living things, especially in their ecological relations.

7. an abiotic is not derived from living organisms.

8. an adaptation is the action or process of adapting or being adapted

9. Abiotic factors are sunlight, air, climate, soil, water, rocks, and temperature. Biotic factors are turtlehead flowers, water, trees, butterflires, competition, bacteria, carrying capacity, plaintain, ash, and the false foxglove.

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