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Why is there so much biodiversity in tropical rainforests?
-alot of rain and sun, allows plants to grow
What is biodiversity?
-Variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part
-Complex set of interactions between biotic and abiotic factors which create characteristic functional units
-(eg. vegetation, soils, wildlife communities, wetlands, forests)
-study of the patterns and mechanisms of distribution of living organisms across space and time
Important concepts in Biogeography
•Pattern and Process
•Space and Time
•Two great engines:
What factors determine the spatio-temporal distributions of organisms?
-ruled by history and chance
-different climatic events affect different species and different regions of the world