Ecological succession

Ecosystems are constantly changing in response to natural and human disturbances.  As an ecosystem changes, older inhabitants gradually die out and new organisms move in, causing further changes in the community.  This series of largely predictable changes that occur in a community over time is called ecological succession.  Ecological succession is slow and gradual and can take many years.    As ecological succession occurs, types of […]

Biodiversity Ecosystem Environment Natural world, natural history

Environment, Ecosystems & Biodiversity

What is the environment? All living species of animal and plant, together with their surroundings, form the environment.  This includes the soil, rivers and air as well as our daily weather and climate. As humans we rely on our environment for food and water and the very air we breathe. Human actions can improve our environment but they can also damage it if we act unwisely.  What […]