ARTHUR'S FREE ECOLOGY

CLIPART

Free ecology  clipart, ecology illustrations, ecology clipart images, ecology pictures, nature, weather, water cycle, rainfall, biomes, food cycle, ecosystems  is of large format and is suitable for presentations and projects and school usage for both students and educaters etc. The large images are too big for use on the internet. However you may use the thumbnail clip art pictures for web pages. Selections of both colour and black and white are available, tha latter are suitable for coloring books. Please do not use them in any other collections of clipart. To download a thumbnail left click on the picture and then "Save As" to a directory of your choice. To download the full size image, first right click on the thumbnail and then left click on the full size image and "Save As" to a directory of your choice

                                                                           

Ecology  is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the interactions of these organisms with their environment. Ecology is the study of ecosystems. As such, it is concerned with the web or network of relations among organisms at different scales of organization ranging from tiny organisms to the entire biosphere. Ecology is a well established natural science and is not synonymous with environment, environmentalism, or environmental science.

Like many of the natural sciences, a conceptual understanding of ecology is found in the broader details of study, including:

  • life processes explaining adaptations
  • distribution and abundance of organisms
  • the movement of materials and energy through living communities
  • the successional development of ecosystems, and
  • the abundance and distribution of biodiversity in context of the environment.

Ecology is distinguished from natural history, which deals primarily with the descriptive study of organisms. It is also distinct from traditional biology, which deals primarily with understanding single organisms and the general properties of life.

There are many practical applications of ecology in conservation biology, wetland management, natural resource management (agriculture, forestry , fisheries), city planning (urban ecology), community health, economics, basic & applied science and it provides a conceptual framework for understanding and researching human social interaction (human ecology).

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