Succession notes 2013

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Published on January 24, 2014

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Ecosystems An ecosystem consists of all the living organisms in a given area, along with the abiotic factors that influence them. Ecosystems are dynamic, continually changing as the organisms within them interact with one another and the ever changing environment.

Ecosystems Ecosystems are dynamic, continually changing as the organisms within them interact with one another and the ever changing environment. Energy and nutrients generally flow between organisms within the same ecosystem, and little is lost to the outside.

Biotic and abiotic factors An ecosystem is formed of biotic and abiotic components. Biological organisms are part of their ecosystem’s biotic component. The organisms within an ecosystem all affect one another, acting as either an energy source, or a competitor.

Biotic and abiotic factors The abiotic component is the non-biological part of an ecosystem. This includes the climate, light level and rainfall. Some abiotic factors, such as the dirt, can be altered by the presence of organisms.

 Organism – complex system of organs that function as a whole One FJH student  Population – group of same species that live together in a same area for the same time, they compete for food, mates, and nesting place All FJH students  Communities – All the populations of different species that live and interact in an area, different population in a community depend on each other FISD all schools in Friendswood

 Ecosystem – community of organisms and its abiotic environment, how organisms interact with each other, climate, and soil affect organisms The city of Friendswood  Biome – A biome is a large area on the Earth's surface that is defined by the types of animals and plants living there. A biome can be partially defined by the local climate patterns.  Biosphere – whole area of Earth where life exists includes, every ecosystem Earth


Succession Succession is the gradual change in a community over time. During succession the organisms within an ecosystem change its abiotic conditions. This allows better adapted organisms to colonize the area, replacing its current inhabitants. Primary succession occurs when organisms colonize a lifeless habitat. Secondary succession occurs when organisms recolonize a devastated ecosystem.

A series of predictable changes that occur in a community over time due to events in the environment. The changes may happen suddenly or very slowly.

 The series of changes that occur in an area where no ecosystem previously existed.  Eventually, primary succession will lead to equilibrium.

Primary Succession – the series of changes that occur in an area where no ecosystem previously existed.

An area of rock uncovered by a melting ice sheet A new island formed by the eruption of an undersea volcano Human made ponds

The first species to populate an area are the pioneer species. They break up rock and begin soil formation

Primary Succession •Soil starts to form as lichens and the forces of weather and erosion help break down rocks into smaller pieces •When lichens die, they decompose, adding small amounts of organic matter to the rock to make soil

A combination of fungus and algae

Lichen pictures

Mosses break down rock and add more soil

Grasses and small plants – protect the soil and add more nutrients

•The simple plants die, adding more organic material •The soil layer thickens, and grasses, wildflowers, and other plants begin to take over

•These plants die, and they add more nutrients to the soil •Shrubs and trees can survive now

•Insects, small birds, and mammals have begun to move in •What was once bare rock now supports a variety of life

Larger plants with deep roots continue to break up rock and make more soil. A diverse forest ecosystem takes hundreds of years

1. Ground is solid rock 2. Rock begins to weather, pioneer species begin 3. Weeds and grasses grow in soil making thicker, richer soil 4. Eventually trees and shrubs sprout community of organisms develops 5. Ecosystem reaches equilibrium

Reaching a stable community can take centuries.


Secondary Succession The series of changes that occur after a disturbance in an existing ecosystem. It can occur more rapidly than primary succession.

Secondary Succession Begins in a place that already has soil and was once the home of living organisms Occurs faster and has different pioneer species than primary succession

Natural disturbances: Fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Human disturbances: A pasture abandoned by a farmer Logging, or mining

Secondary Succession – The series of changes that occur after a disturbance in an existing ecosystem.

1. Varies depending on the type of 2. 3. 4. 5. disturbance A disturbed area returns to its previous condition, eventually reaches equilibrium Soil and seeds are already present Organisms move in There is a quick recovery of the ecosystem

Climax Community •A stable group of plants and animals that is the end result of the succession process •Does not always mean big trees – Grasses in prairies – Cacti in deserts • Equilibrium restored • State of balance • No sudden changes in community

Secondary succession usually requires less time to form a climax community, since soil is already in place.

Succession Review

What happens to the ecosyste m Length of Time Example Primary Creates a new ecosystem Secondary Restores a previous ecosystem May take a long time to reach equilibrium A shorter time to reach equilibrium New land created by An area volcanic eruption destroyed by fire


How do primary and secondary succession help maintain equilibrium in an ecosystem? Answer: By fostering stability, over time, in the number and species of organisms in a community.

What is a pioneer species? Answer: The first species to populate an area.

Identify two natural disturbances and two human disturbances that can result in secondary succession. Answer: Natural Disturbances: fire, hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes. Human Disturbances: farming, logging, mining.

Grass poking through the cracks in the sidewalk is an example of succession. Is this primary or secondary succession? Answer: Secondary Succession; before the sidewalk was built, an ecosystem existed there.

Primary Succession occurs where no previous ecosystem exists and establishes equilibrium. Secondary succession occurs after a disturbance restores equilibrium.

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