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What is an Ecosystem?

An ecosystem, simply defined, is a community of all the living and non-living things in a specific geographic area. An ecosystem can be very small or extremely large. Learn about some of the systems used to identify the boundaries of an ecosystem, and learn about some of the ecosystems in Montana. Even if your students are not from Montana or the Rocky Mountain West, this one-page handout will help them think about how to define their own ecosystems.

Key Concepts

ecosystem, biodiversity, wildlife, plants, micro-organisms, microbes

Program/Collection

Climate In My Backyard (CLIMB)  View All »

Duration

15 minutes

Audience

3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College, Adult

Partners

MT National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institute on Ecosystems

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http://eu.montana.edu/climb/docs/WhatIsAnEcosystem_FactSheet.pdf

My Ecosystem

Topics

Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science

Resource Type

Handout

Format

Acrobat PDF

Updated

12/22/2016

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