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School: Temple University
Department: Environmental engineering
Course: The Environment
Professor: John Yagecic
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Environmental Studies
Name: Study Questions and Answers for Each Chapter
Description: These notes are the answers for the required study questions for this class. Section 024 with William C. Miller.
Uploaded: 03/09/2016
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background image Gabriella Pierce 1.2 1.) It makes sense to compare the functioning of an ecosystem to an organism because both have 
parts that function together in order to operate properly. Like individual organisms, ecosystems 
can adjust to changes in their environment. It could not make sense to some people if they just 
look at it in the way that a single organism is just that, a single organism; and an ecosystem is 
made up of multiple organisms.
2.) Over the past 24 hours, I have benefited from the provisioning ecosystem services of food, 
water, air, and fiber like cotton. I have also benefited from the regulating services of climate.
1.3 2.) Positive feedbacks often destabilize an ecosystem because the ecosystem adjusts to changes 
in its system. An example would be soil erosion without the presence of trees on a hillside 
ecosystem. The trees roots hold onto the soil but when trees are removed, the soil is looser and it 
can erode more easily, and then a landslide can occur and more trees will be lost.
1.4 3.) Change is inevitable and normal in ecosystems, but we should be concerned about the 
changes caused by humans because the ecosystems are being pushed beyond their limits to 
produce as much as possible for human consumption and then the ecosystem is altered so much 
that sometimes they cannot recover from it. Human activity is also the main cause of climate 
change and at the point it’s at now it is most likely irreversible.
1.5 1.) It is important to recognize that our knowledge about most environmental issues is 
incomplete and might change with additional information because we don’t want conflicts to 
arise out of it. Reducing ignorance is the basic justification for most environmental research.
3.) Disagreement among scientists is critical to the scientific process because science thrives on 
falsifying hypotheses, or determining if a hypothesis is true/accurate or not.

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School: Temple University
Department: Environmental engineering
Course: The Environment
Professor: John Yagecic
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Environmental Studies
Name: Study Questions and Answers for Each Chapter
Description: These notes are the answers for the required study questions for this class. Section 024 with William C. Miller.
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