Ch 14: Types of Ecosystems

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons about the different types of ecosystems, such as coastlines, deserts, tropical rainforests and tundras, as well as how they function.

Types of Ecosystems - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Just as important as learning about living organisms in life science is learning about where they live. There are numerous types of ecosystems - from the rainforest and coral reefs to the tundra and taiga - and you'll be introduced to several in this series of video lessons. You'll also get an overview of related concepts, like primary productivity and ecological succession, and how those processes can affect an ecosystem. An experienced life science instructor will cover definitions and examples you need to know. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define a biome
  • Describe several types of biomes
  • Explain primary productivity
  • Explain ecological succession

Video Objective
Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs, and More Summarize distinguishing characteristics of these kinds of ecosystems.
Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines Provide an overview of key qualities of these kinds of ecosystems.
Primary Productivity of Biomes Define the concept of primary productivity, and learn how and why it can vary among biomes.
Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities Define the concept of ecological succession, and discuss its stages.
Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems Distinguish how succession differs from one kind of ecosystem to another.

5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Types of Ecosystems
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

1. Biomes: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, Savanna, Coral Reefs & More

Take a trip around the world and learn all about different biomes. Why can you only find certain plants and animals in specific places? What are the most fertile climates on Earth? Watch on to answer these and other questions.

Biomes: Tundra, Taiga, Temperate Grassland, and Coastlines

2. 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.

Primary Productivity of Biomes

3. Primary Productivity of Biomes

Imagine a desert, a rainforest, and a lake. All of these areas are similar in that there are plants growing in them. These areas all vary because the amount of plant production is different based on the type of habitat. This lesson will explore the concept of primary productivity and how it varies by biomes. It will also discuss the most productive biomes and the biomes that produce the least biomass.

Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

4. Ecological Succession: From Pioneer to Climax Communities

Just as people grow and change so, too, do ecosystems. Watch this lesson to learn about ecological succession from the beginning stages of development to a community's ultimate destination, or climax.

Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems

5. Succession in Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecosystems

The world's many freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are constantly changing. This lesson will discuss how these ecosystems change over time and how they recover after disturbances occur.

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