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Energy Flow in an Ecosystem. Energy Transfer Energy is the ability to do work 3 main paths in which energy flows Producers Consumers Decomposers.

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1 Energy Flow in an Ecosystem

2 Energy Transfer Energy is the ability to do work 3 main paths in which energy flows Producers Consumers Decomposers

3 Energy Flow Producers -autotrophs are organisms that produce their own energy o Photosynthetic autotrophs create energy from the sun 6CO 2 + 6H 2 O + solar energy C 6 H 12 O 6 +6O 2 o Chemoysynthetic autotrophs create energy from inorganic molecules (chemicals)

4 Energy Flow Consumers – organisms that can not make their own food o Types of consumers Herbivores- eat producers Carnivores- eat other consumers Omnivores- eat both producers and consumers

5 Energy Flow Decomposers- organisms that feed on the garbage of an ecosystem Examples: fungi, bacteria, some insects, worms, etc.

6 Energy Flow Cellular Respiration-process of breaking down food to yield energy o Cells absorb oxygen and use it to release energy from foods C6H12O6 +6O2 6CO2 + 6H2O + energy

7 Energy Flow Trophic Levels -feeding steps in a food chain or food web, in which energy is transferred Food Chain -transfer of energy from organism to organism Plant MouseSnakeOwl Food Web -all the possible feeding relationships in an ecosystem

8 Food Chain Food Web

9 Energy Flow The Energy Pyramid Each link in the food chain results in a loss of energy loss of energy Roughly only 10% of energy available at one trophic level is transferred to the next level As you go up the trophic levels the number of organisms decreases Example: Think of how many chipmunks you see, compare that to the number of hawks.

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