And at the same time as it did that, it destroyed an ecosystem that once supported a different kind of endeavor.
Bats are crucial to the ecosystem, performing extremely valuable jobs like pollination and insect control.
The ecosystem that results from the wetlands has a huge impact.
The show is a walking tour through the Dennis Hopper ecosystem—the films, friends, places and parties that made up his life.
This rule put management of the pollock fishery in the context of the ecosystem.
Every ecosystem deserves our protection, but this one undeniably has a special place in the human heart.
The mechanisms by which jellyfish can flip an ecosystem to their own—and keep it that way—are remarkable.
Familiarity with the biological components of an ecosystem is essential to meaningful radiobiological assessment.
In these marginal areas, human activity may stress the ecosystem beyond its tolerance limit, resulting in degradation of the land.
Often little or no data are available to indicate the previous state of the ecosystem or the rate of degradation.
ecosystem ec·o·sys·tem (ěk'ō-sĭs'təm, ē'kō-)
An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
A community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships and including such processes as the flow of energy through trophic levels and the cycling of chemical elements and compounds through living and nonliving components of the system.
A collection of living things and the environment in which they live. For example, a prairie ecosystem includes coyotes, the rabbits on which they feed, and the grasses that feed the rabbits.
Note: Chemical substances move through ecosystems on the Earth in cycles (see carbon cycle).