a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
A system formed by an ecological community and its environment that functions as a unit.
The interconnectedness of organisms (plants, animals, microbes) with each other and their environment.
A set of interconnected products and services.
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can come in any size but usually encompass specific, limited spaces. Energy, water, nitrogen and soil minerals are other essential abiotic components of an ecosystem. The energy that flows through ecosystems is obtained primarily from the sun. It generally enters the system through photosynthesis, a process that also captures carbon from the atmosphere. By feeding on plants and on one another, animals play an important role in the movement of matter and energy through the system. They also influence the quantity of plant and microbial biomass present. By breaking down dead organic matter, decomposers release carbon back to the atmosphere and facilitate nutrient cycling by converting nutrients stored in dead biomass back to a form that can be readily used by plants and other microbes.
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A functional system which includes the organisms of a natural community together with their environment. (McGraw Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)
The numerical value of Ecosystem in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Ecosystem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- পৰিৱেশ তন্ত্ৰAssamese
- বাস্তুসংস্থান, বাস্তুতন্ত্রBengali
- ecosistemaCatalan, Valencian
- નિવસન તંત્રGujarati
- ಪರಿಸರ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆKannada
- 생태계, 生態系Korean
- pūnaha hauropiMāori
- økosystemNorwegian Nynorsk
- ekosústav, екосѝсте̄м, екосу́став, ekosìstēmSerbo-Croatian
- පරිසර පද්ධතිSinhala, Sinhalese
- சூழற்றொகுதி, சூழல் மண்டலம்Tamil
- పర్యావరణ వ్యవస్థTelugu
- hệ sinh tháiVietnamese
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