Ecosystems and ecology

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The material that is presented in this module was compiled with the aid of the various resources as noted in the reference lists. However, it is in the interest of the reader to study the original publications too because they contain additional relevant information.

The following topics are discussed:

  • Definitions
  • Biomes, ecosystems and bioregions
  • Ecosystem components
  • Ecosystem development
  • Case study: the south-western Kalahari ecosystem
    • Inorganic components
    • Organic components
  • Some features of ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem functioning
    • Terrestrial ecosystems
    • Marine ecosystems
    • Ecosystem and habitat fragmentation
    • Transfrontier conservation areas.
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English
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Student
License Condition: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0  
Academic Year: 
2014
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Prof Koos Bothma

Emeritus Professor: Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa