Definitions for ecotoneˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ec•o•toneˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə-(n.)
the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
Origin of ecotone:
1900–05; eco - +tone < Gk tónos tension
a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems).
Origin: Combination of -tone, from the Greek τόνος.
An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes. It is where two communities meet and integrate. It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local or regional. An ecotone may appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities across a broad area, or it may manifest itself as a sharp boundary line. The word ecotone was coined from a combination of eco plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension – in other words, a place where ecologies are in tension.
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