The Environment Of A Soil Ecosystem

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A soil ecosystem is composed of both living and non-living matter with a diversity of interactions (The Environmental Literacy Council, N.d.). This is a place where energy and matter are transformed and transported. Analyses that can be used to assess the functioning of land ecosystems is abiotic indicators, biological indicators, and atmospheric indicators. Abiotic indicators can include pH, moisture,and temperature. Soil temperature and moisture are important environmental factors that affect the conservation and physiology of earthworms (M.L. Presley et al, 1996). Biological indicators can include earthworms, plants, and leaf litter. Atmospheric indicators include carbon dioxide emissions. Interactions among these three indicators can also help to assess if the ecosystem is functioning. It is hypothesized that a functioning ecosystem is related to many types of interactions, such as earthworms eating leaf litter and leaf litter falling from the plants. It is predicted that IU has good soil quality based on the fact is is near Jordan River, and there is a diversity of plant life growing. What is the ecosystem’s quality based on the interactions between leaf litter, soil, and worms? The ecosystem is claimed to be functioning based on the biomass of the earthworms and leaf litter and the pH, moisture, and temperature of the soil. Methods The location sampled was on campus in a forested area near Jordan River. The pH, moisture, and temperature of the soil was collected. As
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