By Jürgen Schultz
This abundantly illustrated ebook presents a basic creation to the ecological zones of the geosphere. The revised variation contains greater than 70 new figures and tables, plus exact maps of agricultural areas and soil category. a good number of new Anglo-American ecological experiences are integrated, in addition to a dialogue of the correlation among northern ecosystems and the carbon dioxide stability within the international atmosphere.
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3. Age-dependent changes in primary production, increment (∆B), waste production and respiration in a forest formation. Source Kira and Shidei 1967 Respiration Rejuvenation phase Mature phase Old age phase 39 Ecosystem model of ecozone In Fig. 3, the highest net primary production is reached in the transition phase before maturity, when the total increment is also largest. Respiration then also increases relatively rapidly as the relationship between productive leaves and unproductive stems, branches and roots is less favorable and the net primary production declines again.
Source: O’Neill and De Angeles 1981 Above ground biomass (tons per hectare) Primary production Above ground primary production (annual tons per hectare) only the leaves are involved in the assimilation of carbon. If their total area of surfaces above ground is larger and the proportion of only respiratory organs small, other factors being equal, the productivity is also higher. This is shown by the production capacity of neighboring pastures and woodland. The leaf area index (LAI) is the measure of the assimilation surface of a plant cover.
The circles represent the availability of nutrients to the plants in the soil, largely the exchangeable nutrients. The area of the circle represents the approximate relationship of nutrient availability in different ecosystems 40 Vegetation and animals Close to stationary states of some duration appear when the plant cover reaches a stage of late maturity. By far the largest proportion of the temporal aging cycle and also the spatial distribution within an ecosystem is accounted for by this stage.