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1 Ecosystems: What Are They and How Do They Work? Chapter 3

2 Core Case Study: Tropical Rain Forests Are Disappearing  Cover about 2% of the earth’s land surface  Contain about 50% of the world’s known plant and animal species  Disruption will have three major harmful effects Reduce biodiversity Accelerate global warming Change regional weather patterns

3 Natural Capital Degradation: Satellite Image of the Loss of Tropical Rain Forest

4 3-1 What Is Ecology?  Concept 3-1 Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environment of matter and energy.

5 Cells Are the Basic Units of Life  Cell Theory  Eukaryotic cell  Prokaryotic cell

6 Structure of a Eukaryotic Call and a Prokaryotic Cell

7 Species Make Up the Encyclopedia of Life  Species  1.75 Million species identified  Insects make up most of the known species  Perhaps 10–14 million species not yet identified

8 Ecologists Study Connections in Nature  Ecology  Levels of organization Population Genetic diversity Community Ecosystem Biosphere

9 Fig. 3-3, p. 52 Stepped Art Smallest unit of a chemical element that exhibits its chemical properties Atom Molecule Chemical combination of two or more atoms of the same or different elements Cell The fundamental structural and functional unit of life Organism An individual living being Population A group of individuals of the same species living in a particular place Community Populations of different species living in a particular place, and potentially interacting with each other Ecosystem A community of different species interacting with one another and with their nonliving environment of matter and energy Parts of the earth's air, water, and soil where life is found Biosphere

10 Population of Glassfish in the Red Sea

11 Genetic Diversity in a Caribbean Snail Population

12 Science Focus: Have You Thanked the Insects Today?  Pollinators  Eat other insects  Loosen and renew soil  Reproduce rapidly  Very resistant to extinction

13 Importance of Insects

14 Active Figure: Levels of organization

15 3-2 What Keeps Us and Other Organisms Alive?  Concept 3-2 Life is sustained by the flow of energy from the sun through the biosphere, the cycling of nutrients within the biosphere, and gravity.

16 The Earth’s Life-Support System Has Four Major Components  Atmosphere Troposphere Stratosphere  Hydrosphere  Geosphere  Biosphere

17 Fig. 3-6, p. 55 Rock Atmosphere Vegetation and animals Lithosphere Biosphere Mantle Crust Soil Biosphere (living organisms) Geosphere (crust, mantle, core) Mantle Core Hydrosphere (water) Crust (soil and rock) Atmosphere (air)

18 Life Exists on Land and in Water  Biomes  Aquatic life zones Freshwater life zones Lakes and streams Marine life zones Coral reefs Estuaries Deep ocean

19 Fig. 3-7, p. 55 Average annual precipitation 100–125 cm (40–50 in.) 75–100 cm (30–40 in.) 50–75 cm (20–30 in.) 25–50 cm (10–20 in.) below 25 cm (0–10 in.) Appalachian Mountains Coastal mountain ranges Sierra Nevada Great American Desert Rocky Mountains Great Plains Mississippi River Valley Deciduous forestCoastal chaparral and scrub Coniferous forestDesertConiferous forestPrairie grassland San Francisco Baltimore Denver St. Louis Major Biomes along the 39 th Parallel

20 What Happens to Solar Energy Reaching the Earth?  UV, visible, and IR energy  Radiation Absorbed by ozone Absorbed by the earth Reflected by the earth Radiated by the atmosphere as heat  Natural greenhouse effect

21 Fig. 3-8, p. 56 Lower Stratosphere (ozone layer) Solar radiation UV radiation Visible light Heat radiated by the earth Most absorbed by ozone Absorbed by the earth Greenhouse effect Reflected by atmosphere Radiated by atmosphere as heat Heat Troposphere

22 3-3 What Are the Major Components of an Ecosystem?  Concept 3-3A Ecosystems contain living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) components.  Concept 3-3B Autotrophs, Heterotrophs, Detritovores.

23 Ecosystems Have Living and Nonliving Components  Abiotic Water Air Nutrients Rocks Heat Solar energy  Biotic Living and once living

24 Major Biotic and Abiotic Components of an Ecosystem

25 Fig. 3-9, p. 57 Decomposers Precipitation Oxygen (O 2 ) Carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) Producer Primary consumer (rabbit) Secondary consumer (fox) Producers Water Soluble mineral nutrients

26 Several Abiotic Factors Can Limit Population Growth  Limiting factor principle Too much or too little of any abiotic factor can limit or prevent growth of a population, even if all other factors are at or near the optimal range of tolerance

27 Range of Tolerance for a Population of Organisms INSERT FIGURE 3-10 HERE

28 Producers and Consumers Are the Living Components of Ecosystems (1)  Producers, autotrophs Photosynthesis Chemosynthesis  Consumers, heterotrophs Primary Secondary Third and higher level  Decomposers

29 Producers and Consumers Are the Living Components of Ecosystems (2)  Detritivores  Aerobic respiration  Anaerobic respiration, fermentation

30 Fig. 3-11, p. 60 Mushroom Detritus feedersDecomposers Long-horned beetle holes Time progression Powder broken down by decomposers into plant nutrients in soil Bark beetle engraving Carpenter ant galleries Termite and carpenter ant work Dry rot fungus Wood reduced to powder

31 The Main Structural Components of an Ecosystem

32 Science Focus: Many of the World’s Most Important Species Are Invisible to Us  Microorganisms Bacteria Protozoa Fungi

33 3-4 What Happens to Energy in an Ecosystem?  Concept 3-4A Energy flows through ecosystems in food chains and webs.  Concept 3-4B As energy flows through ecosystems in food chains and webs, the amount of chemical energy available to organisms at each succeeding feeding level decreases.

34 Energy Flows Through Ecosystems in Food Chains and Food Webs  Food chain  Food web

35 Fig. 3-13, p. 62 Heat Solar energy Tertiary consumers (top carnivores) First Trophic Level Second Trophic Level Third Trophic Level Fourth Trophic Level Producers (plants) Primary consumers (herbivores) Secondary consumers (carnivores) Decomposers and detritus feeders

36 Fig. 3-14, p. 63 Squid Fish Herbivorous zooplankton Krill Sperm whale Petrel Adelie penguin Emperor penguin Leopard seal Crabeater seal Blue whale Elephant seal Killer whale Phytoplankton Carnivorous plankton Humans

37 Usable Energy Decreases with Each Link in a Food Chain or Web  Biomass  Ecological efficiency  Pyramid of energy flow

38 Fig. 3-15, p Heat Decomposers Tertiary consumers (human) Secondary consumers (perch) Primary consumers (zooplankton) Producers (phytoplankton) Usable energy available at each trophic level (in kilocalories) 1,000 10,

39 Some Ecosystems Produce Plant Matter Faster Than Others Do  Gross primary productivity (GPP)  Net primary productivity (NPP) Ecosystems and life zones differ in their NPP

40 Fig. 3-16, p. 64 Swamps and marshes Terrestrial Ecosystems Open ocean Continental shelf Lakes and streams Estuaries Aquatic Ecosystems Extreme desert Desert scrub Tundra (arctic and alpine) Temperate grassland Woodland and shrubland Agricultural land Savanna Northern coniferous forest Temperate forest Tropical rain forest 4,000 Average net primary productivity (kcal/m 2 /yr) 9,6008, ,6002,4008,0007,2003,2006,4005,6004,800

41 3-5 What Happens to Matter in an Ecosystem?  Concept 3-5 Matter, in the form of nutrients, cycles within and among ecosystems and the biosphere, and human activities are altering these chemical cycles.

42 Nutrients Cycle in the Biosphere  Biogeochemical cycles, nutrient cycles Hydrologic Carbon Nitrogen Phosphorus Sulfur  Connect past, present, and future forms of life

43 Fig. 3-17, p. 66 Transpiration from plants Evaporation from land Precipitation to land Precipitation to ocean Evaporation from ocean Condensation Infiltration and percolation into aquifer Surface runoff Surface runoff Runoff Global warming Reduced recharge of aquifers and flooding from covering land with crops and buildings Aquifer depletion from overpumping Increased flooding from wetland destruction Point source pollution Groundwater movement (slow) Lakes and reservoirs Ice and snow Ocean Processes Processes affected by humans Reservoir Pathway affected by humans Natural pathway

44 Science Focus: Water’s Unique Properties  Properties of water due to hydrogen bonds between water molecules: Exists as a liquid over a large range of temperature Changes temperature slowly High boiling point: 100˚C Adhesion and cohesion Expands as it freezes Solvent Filters out harmful UV

45 Carbon Cycle Depends on Photosynthesis and Respiration  Link between photosynthesis in producers and respiration in producers, consumers, and decomposers  Additional CO 2 added to the atmosphere Tree clearing Burning of fossil fuels

46 Fig. 3-18, p. 68 Pathway affected by humans Diffusion Transportation Deforestation Respiration Decomposition Forest fires Compaction Burning fossil fuels Photosynthesis Animals (consumers) Plants (producers) Marine food webs Producers, consumers, decomposers Carbon in plants (producers) Carbon in fossil fuels Carbon dioxide dissolved in ocean Carbon in limestone or dolomite sediments Carbon in animals (consumers) Processes Reservoir Natural pathway Carbon dioxide in atmosphere

47 Nitrogen Cycles through the Biosphere: Bacteria in Action (1)  Nitrogen fixed Lightning Nitrogen-fixing bacteria  Nitrification  Denitrification

48 Nitrogen Cycles through the Biosphere: Bacteria in Action (2)  Human intervention in the nitrogen cycle Additional NO and N 2 O Destruction of forest, grasslands, and wetlands Add excess nitrates to bodies of water Remove nitrogen from topsoil

49 Fig. 3-19, p. 69 Decomposition Nitrogen loss to deep ocean sediments Processes Reservoir Pathway affected by humans Natural pathway Nitrogen in atmosphere Nitrogen in ocean sediments Ammonia in soil Nitrate in soil Nitrogen in plants (producers) Nitrogen in animals (consumers) Volcanic activity Electrical storms Nitrogen oxides from burning fuel and using inorganic fertilizers Nitrates from fertilizer runoff and decomposition Nitrification by bacteria Denitrification by bacteria Uptake by plants Bacteria

50 Fig. 3-20, p. 70 Projected human input Total human input Fertilizer and industrial use Nitrogen fixation in agroecosystems Fossil fuels Year Nitrogen input (teragrams per year)

51 3-6 How Do Scientists Study Ecosystems?  Concept 3-6 Scientists use field research, laboratory research, and mathematical and other models to learn about ecosystems.

52 Some Scientists Study Nature Directly  Field research: “muddy-boots biology”  New technologies available Remote sensors Geographic information system (GIS) software Digital satellite imaging  2005, Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)

53 Some Scientists Study Ecosystems in the Laboratory  Simplified systems carried out in Culture tubes and bottles Aquaria tanks Greenhouses Indoor and outdoor chambers  Supported by field research

54 Some Scientists Use Models to Simulate Ecosystems  Computer simulations and projections  Field and laboratory research needed for baseline data


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