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3 months 3 weeks ago #2405 by mrb55
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How do ecological processes like nutrient cycling and energy flow work in ecosystems?

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3 months 3 weeks ago #2414 by Nihal5528
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Dead producers and consumers and their waste products provide matter and energy to decomposers. Decomposers transform matter back into inorganic forms that can be recycled within the ecosystem. So, the energy that enters an ecosystem as sunlight eventually flows out of the ecosystem in the form of heat.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #2419 by Tisha5528
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Chemical nutrients and energy tend to flow in the same direction for most of an ecosystem, but the main difference is that the nutrient cycle is recycled in the ecosystem while the energy flow is ultimately lost from the ecosystem to the universe at large.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #2425 by Doladiti
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Ecological processes like nutrient cycling and energy flow play an important role in keeping ecosystems healthy and functioning properly. Nutrient cycling refers to the way that nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are recycled through the ecosystem, while energy flow refers to the transfer of energy from one organism to another through the food chain. For example, plants absorb nitrogen from the soil and release it back into the soil when they die and decompose. Animals then consume the plants and release nitrogen back into the soil when they die. This cycle helps to keep the ecosystem in balance and prevent the overabundance or depletion of nutrients.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #2429 by hassi5
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In ecosystems, nutrient cycling involves the movement of essential nutrients (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) through various living and non-living components. Decomposers break down dead organisms, returning nutrients to the soil for plants to use, and this cycle continues.

Energy flow in ecosystems occurs through a food chain or food web. Producers (plants) capture sunlight and convert it into energy through photosynthesis. Herbivores eat plants, and carnivores eat herbivores, transferring energy up the chain. Energy is lost at each trophic level as heat, limiting the number of levels in the chain.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #2430 by Nihal5528
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Ecological processes such as primary production, respiration, energy, carbon and nutrient flow through food webs, reproduction, and decomposition are represented as rates of change, which requires repeated measurement over time.

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