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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the ICSE Environmental Science: Study Guide & Syllabus course
- Environmental Science Overview
- Living Things in Ecosystems
- Ecosystem Cycles & Processes
- Water Resources & Pollution
- Atmosphere, Climate & Air Pollution
- Soil & Land Pollution & Conservation
- Population Growth & Its Impact on Poverty
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Conservation Biology & Protecting Biodiversity
- Energy Use
- Overview of Waste & Waste Management
- Business, Trade & The Environment
- Global Sustainability Efforts
- ICSE Environmental Science Flashcards