You will investigate the biotic and abiotic structure and function of an ecosystem. Choose 1 of the following ecosystems: Tropical rainforest Grassland Coral reef Estuary Desert You will write an APA-style research paper of 2–3 pages about your choice of ecosystem, covering the following in your paper:
1. Where might this type of ecosystem be located? Give 1 specific example.
2. Describe the structure of the ecosystem. List both the abiotic components and biotic components.
3. Describe the function of the ecosystem. How do the abiotic and biotic components interact in biogeochemical cycles? Describe both the carbon and nitrogen cycles.
4. Describe disturbance and recovery. Describe 1 natural and 1 human-caused disturbance to the ecosystem.
5. Explain the damage to the ecosystem, including how the abiotic and biotic characteristics of the ecosystem changed.
6. Explain how ecosystems recover naturally based on resilience mechanisms and the theory of secondary succession.
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