What is an Ecosystem?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

What is an Ecosystem?

Think of your favorite restaurant. It consists of living things like the servers, customers, and cooks along with non-living items such as  plates,cups, and decorations. It is a community of living and non-living things at a common location and each restaurant has its own unique personality.

An ecosystem is similar to a restaurant, it’s a community of living factors called biotic factors and non-living factors called abiotic factors interacting and living together.

This desert is an ecosystem.

desert ecosystem

This pond is an ecosystem,and this rotting log can even be an ecosystem.

pond ecosystem

An ecosystem is a community of living and non-living objects living together in a particular area.

Let’s look at a cartoon example.


In this ecosystem you have the biotic factors which include the hawk, the bear, the fish, and all of the other living organisms along with the abiotic factors such as the water,amount of sunlight, and the temperature. All of these factors interact in order to make a community.

Ecosystems come in indefinite sizes. It can exist in a small area such as, a decaying tree trunk, or a pond, or it can exist in large forms such as an entire rain forest

Two major types are terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

aquatic terrestrial ecosystems

A terrestrial ecosystem is a land-based community of organisms and the interactions of biotic and abiotic components in a given area

An example would be this deciduous forest


An example of an aquatic ecosystem is water based like a lake, river, or coral reef.

A small ecosystem like this rotting log is a micro ecosystem

A medium size ecosystem like a large lake is a meso ecosystem

A Biome is a large group of ecosystems that share the same climate and have similar plants and animals. Common examples include the rainforest, desert, or a deciduous forest.

Energy Flow in an Ecosystem


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