Biodiversity : Glossary

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  • Ecological balance

    21 August 2000

    Stability in an ecosystem achieved through the development of equilibrium among its various components. This does not imply that the community is static. It is subject to natural variations associated with ecological succession and other influences such as fire, disease and climate change, but the system is normally sufficiently elastic to make the necessary adjustments without major displacement of the balance. Human intervention that includes the introduction or removal of plants and animals, pollution of the environment and destruction of habitat is now a main cause of imbalance in many ecosystems.

  • Biodiversity

    12 August 2000

    The term biological diversity, or biodiversity, refers collectively to the full range of species, genes and ecosystems in a given place.