Coral Reef Ecosystem Essay

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All organisms in an ecosystem are interconnected and play specific roles that are crucial to the entire community’s sustainability and well-being. When a single aspect of the community is taken away, it affects the rest of the organisms that inhabit the ecosystem, and usually in a way that negatively impacts the area’s biodiversity. The source of most energy on Earth comes from the Sun however, only a certain group of organisms can harness the sun’s energy and convert it into sugars and carbohydrates. These organisms are known as Autotrophs and they are primary producers. Autotrophs usually conduct photosynthesis to use the sun’s energy, but some can use chemical energy using oxidation. Other organisms are consumers and may be consumers of …show more content…
Primary consumers in this ecosystem that feed on the producers include zooplankton, coral polyps, sponges, mollusks, sea urchins, and small fish. Secondary consumers in the community will feed on the primary consumers and usually include larger reef fish and sea turtles. The fourth trophic level consists of the tertiary consumers, which include larger predators such as reef sharks (Tropic Structure, …show more content…
First an observation would be made in a fertilized garden, where tulips are growing quickly compared to another garden. Based on this observation, a hypothesis can be made that the tulips are growing faster in one garden because Miracle Grow fertilizer was used. Next, predict that the Miracle Grow fertilizer is more effective at growing tulips than other brands of fertilizer and also more effective than no fertilizer at all. Conduct an experiment by growing tulips in different isolated pots with all variables constant other than type of fertilizer. Also create a ‘control’ pot where fertilizer is not used at all. Gather data on the growth rate of the tulips over a specific period of time. By the end of the experiment, analyze the data collected and determine which fertilizer grew the tulips fastest. Then look back at your hypothesis and determine if the data supports or does not support it. Finally, the results may be shared with

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