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Mojave Desert Biome
A major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate.
(Princeton Word Net)
The study of the natural interaction of organisms to one another within their environment.
Defining an Ecosystem
An ecosystem is a biotic community together with its physical environment, considered as an integrated unit. Implied
within this definition is the concept of a structural and functional whole unified through life processes. An ecosystem
may be characterized as a viable unit of community and interactive habitat. Ecosystems are hierarchical and can be
viewed as nested sets of open systems in which physical, chemical, and biological processes form interactive
subsystems. Some ecosystems are microscopic and the largest comprises the biosphere. Ecosystem restoration can be
directed at different-sized ecosystems within the nested set, and many encompass multiple states, more localized
watersheds, or a smaller complex of aquatic habitat.
Life at the Extremes
Desert Water Sources
California's Natural Diversity
Desert EcosystemsA closer look at similar, but very different desert ecosystems in two of our desert national parks
Joshua Tree National Park Ecosystems
Deserts host plants and animals living in what strikes many humans as oppressive environments. Solar energy that green plants convert into food
fuels life here. Although in most ecosystems plants compete for sunlight, here most plants are adapted to minimize the effects of too much solar
Death Valley National Park Ecosystems
An ecosystem is how it all works together. The geology of region provide for the plants, which provide for the animals that eat the plants and animals that eat ...
EcosubsectionsAn area or region of land designated for study purposes that has distinct characteristics setting it apart from others. In the Mojave, two general ecosections, separated by geomorphic boundaries, are further classified into ecosubsections.
HabitatsHabitats are environments that are inhabited by a specific plant species or animal.
Flora & FaunaSpecific plant and animal species, and communities within, and around desert ecosystems.
Ecology OutlineReference for development²
Life and Physical Systems
Energy and Materials
Ecology of Populations
Ecosystem Interactions of Populations
Evolution of the Ecosystem
Communities within an Ecosystem