- the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
Origin of ecotone
1900–05; eco- + tone < Greek tónos tension
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The result is a transition area or ecotone which epitomizes the next stage in development.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- the zone between two major ecological communities
C20: from eco (logy) + -tone, from Greek tonos tension, tone
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- A transitional zone between two ecological communities, as between a forest and grassland or a river and its estuary. An ecotone has its own characteristics in addition to sharing certain characteristics of the two communities. See also edge effect.
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