September 16, 2010
Heber Hot Springs are a Natural Ecosystem
Natural ecosystems make up the planet on which we live as well as the entire universe. They are dynamic and interconnected. An ecosystem is a collection of all plants, animals, microorganisms, bacterium and fungus as well as the non-living components that function together as one unit in a given area. A natural ecosystems is “the complex of a community and its environment functions as an ecological unit in nature.”(Deiterich, 2009). Both living and non-living things interact with each other in a natural ecosystem. Heber Hot Springs outside Heber City, Utah is a good example of a natural ecosystem. Size and Function
There is no limit to an ecosystem's size and function. It can range from a small puddle to the Pacific Ocean. Ecosystems function by a series of cycles and food webs that create a flow of energy through the system. Components and Survival
Ecosystems are made up of two components. These components are biotic and abiotic. Abiotic components are air, rock, water and energy. Biotic components pertain to the living entities within these systems. Included in these are microorganisms, plants, and animals. Biotic components are broken down more specifically. These species are groups of inbreeding organisms and members of these species (group) do not breed with organisms outside of its species (group). Three main components necessary for the survival of a natural ecosystem to exist are producers, such as plants, which produce food, consumers, such as wildlife, that uses the food resources and decomposers, which recycle the nutrients within the system. Vital components needed for the survival of an ecosystem include photosynthesis for plants to produce food, the nitrogen cycle which provides a means for plants to take in nitrogen and the hydrologic cycle where water is circulated through the ecosystem to...