Ecology Chapter 4
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Why is having biodiversity among species so important to the planet ?
The biodiversity found in genes, species, ecosystems, and ecosystem process is vital to sustaining life on earth.
The variety of the earths species, the genes they contain , the ecosystem in which they live, and the ecosystem processes such as energy flow and nutrient cycling that sustain all life
The most obvious, but not the only component of biodiversity
The earths variety of species contains an even greater variety of genes
the earth's variety of deserts, grassland, forest, mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, and wetland is another major component of biodiversity
the variety of matter processes such as matter cycling and energy flow taking place within ecosystems
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