The Functions of a Pristine Estuarine Ecosystem
The science of ecology has made remarkable advances in the past years. Numerous factors have helped nurture and stimulate ecology’s exponential growth. Societal awareness of the rapid deterioration of the planet earth’s environment has certainly placed a demand upon the ecological community to answer questions and to develop new hypotheses on how organisms, including the human species, interact with their complex abiotic environment. Not only have ecologists become more aware of how a single organism struggles to survive but, very importantly, ecologists are striving to understand how biotic systems involving communities of organisms cope not only in response to ‘normal’ environmental changes but also in response to man-induced perturbations. This systems approach, although not new to science, has recently focused on the structure and function of the various components of an ecosystem with ever-increasing vigor.
KeywordsNorth Inlet Pristine Environment North Inlet Estuary Marsh Land LTER Site
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