Ecology Chap 3 (5)
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The way energy enters most ecosystems
When mostly specialized bacteria can convert simple inorganic compounds from their environment into more complex nutrients compounds w/o using sunlight
When decomposers get the energy that they need by breaking down glucose in the absence of oxygen
Uses oxygen to convert glucose back into carbon dioxide and water
What are the two important natural services that are components of the earth's natural capital ?
one way energy and nutrient cycling
Determines how chemical energy and nutrients move from one organism to another through the tropic level in a ecosystem
Organism in most ecosystems from a complex network of interconnected food chains
the dry weight of all organic matter contained in its organisms
The percent of usable chemical energy transferred as biomass from on tropic level to the next
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