Lecture 30 - Energy and Matter in Ecosystems
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 20, 2010, recorded: April 2009, views: 3676
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND)
Report a problem or upload filesIf you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
The movement of matter and energy around the planet is very important, and its study draws on geology, and meterology in addition to chemistry. Energy tends to flow upwards from plantlike producers to herbivores to carnivores before being decomposed by detritovores and cycling back into energy usable by producers, in addition to the photosynthesis or chemosynthesis used by producers to produce energy. Like energy, compounds vital to life such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous flow around the planet in cycles.
Cotgreave, Peter and Irwin Forseth. Introductory Ecology, chapter 12
Link this pageWould you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !