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FROCA

Taking a look at the world today, it is nearly impossible to imagine how our society came from the early human hominids on the African savannahs of practically six million years ago. The human society has ruled for millions of years and it is almost impossible to keep record of all the history we have gone through. Currently, we have cars, airplanes, ships, electricity, and many other modern inventions which we have discovered over time that have changed our lives forever.

The FROCA process symbolizes the five basic steps of life and adaptation. Each step is associated with another and arranged specifically. The word FROCA exemplifies the process in which the eco system responds to chaotic events known as natural disasters. The FROCA process begins with disruptions and disasters that produce turmoil which create a new frontier. The five steps accommodate survivors to such disruptions in ways that return a changed environment from chaos to order and stability; the process is long and self-organized. Each letter in the word FROCA signifies a different meaning. The F stands for “Frontier,” the R stands for “Release,” the O stands for “Overexploited,” the C stands for “Crash,” and the A stands for “Adaptation.” The FROCA process can happen on both the macro and micro levels according to Dr. Wallace. This process applies to a “punctuated equilibrium.” Punctuation incorporates the first four steps (FROC) where new species evolve suddenly over relatively short periods of time (a few hundred to a thousand years), followed by longer periods in which little genetic change occurs. Punctuated equilibrium is a modification of Darwin's theory that evolution takes place at a slow, constant rate over millions of years. The first letter, F, represents chaos and the new frontier. Fitness criteria can shift suddenly and can cause dramatic occasional mass extinctions (five large ones in the last 600 million years). Some are ecologists think human economic expansion is...
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