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Ch 4: Kinds of Ecosystems

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This collection of engaging environmental science lessons helps you review the different types of ecosystems. These bite-sized study resources can help you improve your grades, prepare for upcoming exams or simply improve your understanding of ecosystem topics.

Kinds of Ecosystems - Chapter Summary

Study this environmental science chapter at your own pace to explore various types of ecosystems. Through a series of short and informative lessons, our expert instructors will walk you through the characteristics of forest, desert, ocean, freshwater and polar ecosystems. You'll also examine biological diversity within these ecosystems. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Analyze ecosystems and biodiversity within forests, deserts, oceans and fresh water
  • Recognize the different types of biomes
  • Define the characteristics of wetlands, estuaries and coral reefs
  • Identify ecosystem threats on the Earth's North and South poles
  • Describe India's natural vegetation, endangered species and conservation efforts

To help you solidify your understanding of these ecosystem topics, we've included interactive self-assessment quizzes and a multiple-choice chapter exam. Feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions about ecosystem terms or concepts. The lessons are available at any time of day or night, which allows you to study whenever you have free time.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Kinds of Ecosystems
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Biological Diversity and the Forest: Ecosystems of the Rainforests and Temperate Forests

1. Biological Diversity and the Forest: Ecosystems of the Rainforests and Temperate Forests

In this lesson, you'll learn about three main types of forests found on earth: coniferous, deciduous and tropical rainforests. You'll also discover how the ecosystems where these trees are located affect the biodiversity within them.

Desert Ecosystems: How Biodiversity Impacts Hot and Cold Deserts

2. Desert Ecosystems: How Biodiversity Impacts Hot and Cold Deserts

In this lesson, you'll learn about the biodiversity that makes up a desert ecosystem. You will discover what makes a desert a desert and study the different plant and animal life that inhabit both hot and cold deserts.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

3. Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

Take a trip with us in this lesson, starting in the Pacific Ocean, traveling across California through the Central Valley and up to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We'll learn how oceans, elevation, and people can determine which types of biomes are found in different areas and check out the Earth's most massive and oldest organisms.

Ecosystems of Oceans and Freshwater: Biological Diversity and Water

4. Ecosystems of Oceans and Freshwater: Biological Diversity and Water

In this lesson, you'll learn about the biodiversity of ecosystems based on water. You will discover that marine, freshwater and a mixture of salt and freshwater create very different ecosystems, which in turn influence the amount of biodiversity that is found in these habitats.

What Are Wetlands? - Definition & Types

5. What Are Wetlands? - Definition & Types

Also called Earth's kidneys, wetlands are dynamic and unique environments. Found all over the world, wetlands come in many different types and serve a variety of important functions.

Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

6. Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Have you ever gone swimming, kayaking, or exploring in a marshy coastal area? If so, you were enjoying the natural beauty of an estuary, a place where rivers meet large bodies of water. These unique ecosystems are important, but also under threat.

What Are Coral Reefs? - Facts & Types

7. What Are Coral Reefs? - Facts & Types

Coral reefs are some of the most complex biological communities on earth. Teeming with life, these economically and environmentally important ecosystems provide a home for many unique marine organisms.

Threats to the Arctic & Antarctic's Polar Ecosystems

8. Threats to the Arctic & Antarctic's Polar Ecosystems

This lesson goes over some of the many threats to the Arctic's & Antarctic's Ecosystem. This includes global warming, pollution, as well as resource exploitation.

Natural Vegetation of India

9. Natural Vegetation of India

India is home to quite a variety of vegetation, ranging from forests to deserts. Because India's southern end touches the ocean, it also has tidal areas. Learn more about the five types of vegetation in India in this lesson.

Endangered Species & Conservation in India

10. Endangered Species & Conservation in India

In this lesson you'll be learning about the endangered and recently extinct species in India. You'll also learn about conservation efforts like creating national parks, reserves and sanctuaries as well as the Project Tiger efforts.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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