Ecology

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Ecology

The study of how living things interact with their surroundings. For example, an ecologist may study how a plant operates in different types of soil or whether or not bacteria thrive in various environs. Ecology is important in sustainable development to ensure that an action does not irreparably harm an environment.
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It is at the helm of any woodland, a climax community attained only when all other trees have resigned to the tempo and the whim of this mother of all.
Starting with the fundamentals established by Henry Chandler Cowles (1869-1949), he made the idea of the climax community the core of his ecological theory, and he introduced an organicist conception into ecology that identifies the plant community with a sort of superorganism.