In this assignment, you will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem. You will also investigate how ecosystems recover from disturbance naturally and through human restoration. Choose 1 of the following ecosystems: •Tropical rainforest •Grassland •Coral reef •Estuary •Desert You will write an APA-style research paper about your choice of ecosystem, including the following elements: •Describe where this type of ecosystem might be located. Name 1 specific example. •Describe the structure of the ecosystem. ◦List at least 3 specific examples of both abiotic components and biotic components for the ecosystem type selected. •Describe the function of the ecosystem ◦In your own words, explain or define biogeochemical cycle. ◦Describe the steps in the carbon cycle as an example of one biogeochemical cycle. •Describe disturbance and recovery ◦Describe 1 natural and 1 human-caused disturbance to the ecosystem that you have chosen. ◦Describe the damage to the ecosystem for each example, including how the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem changed. •Provide 2 examples of natural resources provided by the ecosystem that you have selected. ◦How can these be sustained into the future? ◦How can humans act as good stewards to assist ecosystem recovery? Provide 1 example specific to the ecosystem that you have chosen.
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