Ch 62: Overview of Ecology

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Overview of Ecology - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of ecology. You'll review biological diversity and decomposers in ecosystems. You'll also gain an understanding of ecosystems of temperate forests. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Define ecosystem
  • Discuss biodiversity within a forest
  • Recall facts about ecosystems of oceans
  • Explain how producers, consumers, and decomposers interact with each other
  • Define and provide examples of biotic
  • List abiotic factors that help to shape ecosystems

These lessons are presented in a way that will help you quickly grasp concepts within ecology. You can review all the lessons in order, or just look at the ones that cover the topics you need to review. A brief multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes as worksheets for use as a study tool.

6 Lessons in Chapter 62: Overview of Ecology
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What Is an Ecosystem? - Definition & Explanation

1. What Is an Ecosystem? - Definition & Explanation

Similar to a car engine that is made up of multiple parts working together, an ecosystem has interacting parts that support a whole. But how do we define an ecosystem and what are the components they consist of?

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

2. 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.

Ecosystems of Oceans and Freshwater: Biological Diversity and Water

3. 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.

Producers, Consumers & Decomposers in Ecosystems

4. Producers, Consumers & Decomposers in Ecosystems

In this lesson we will learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers. Find out what they are and how they interact with one another in the ecosystem.

What is Biotic? - Definition, Factors & Examples

5. What is Biotic? - Definition, Factors & Examples

In this lesson you will learn about the biotic components in an ecosystem and the biotic factors that affect organisms. You will also have a better understanding about why planet Earth is a pretty special place.

Abiotic Factors of an Ecosystem: Definition & Examples

6. Abiotic Factors of an Ecosystem: Definition & Examples

When it comes to ecosystems, a mountain, a river, and a cloud have more in common than you might think. Abiotic factors have specific and important roles in nature because they help shape and define ecosystems.

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