Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems


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What is the appropriate definition of ecological succession?

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1. What is the term used to describe the first species to colonize an area after a disturbance, and how do these species help recovery of the area?

2. Which type of succession would occur in an area where lava covered an entire forest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of succession in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Topics you'll need to know include the definition of ecological succession and the succession type that is better understood than any other.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked about the following:

  • First species to colonize an area after a disturbance
  • Type of succession that would occur in an area where lava covered an entire forest
  • Term for sediment removal from the bottom of a lake

Skills practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related environmental science lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about ecosystem successions in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the type of succession explained in a given example

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson titled Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems, which covers the following objectives:

  • Define succession and pioneer species
  • Understand climax ecosystem
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary succession