• The word ecosystem likely takes you back to elementary school science—perhaps a memory of watching videos in class detailing the ways lakes and streams, trees and earth, bugs and spiders, and rabbits and foxes interact in a web of life. An ecosystem is at its core a community of living organisms taken together in their physical environment; it describes the way these components interact and are interdependent. All of these parts, alive and inanimate, depend on each other within the ecosystem even when they are not directly connected.

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