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Question:
 
Select one of the following ecosystems: o Aquatic o Tundra o Chaparral o Wetland/Marshland/
 
Bog o Desert o Rainforest o Marine o Savanna Prepare a 1,050 to 1,400 word paper in which
 
you examine the framework of your selected ecosystem and how it functions. In your paper, be
 
sure to include the following items: o Describe how climate affects your selected ecosystem. o
 
Based on the first and second laws of thermodynamics, explain how energy flows through your
 
selected ecosystem. o Examine how matter is transported through your selected ecosystem due
 
to biogeochemical cycles (e.g., carbon, hydrologic, nitrogen, phosphorus). Be sure to discuss
 
how human activities have altered these matter/nutrient cycles. o Describe some of the survival
 
characteristics of the plants and animals in your selected ecosystem. Be sure to discuss how
 
these adaptations developed in response to biotic and abiotic factors, and through the process of
 
natural selection. o Discuss how ecological succession can change the biotic and abiotic factors
 
in an ecosystem, and how that might influence species survival adaptations. o Explain how
 
human population change has affected your selected ecosystem. Cite at least two references.
 
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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