Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

In the generalized compartment model of biogeochemical cycling, how do we classify the compartments where nutrients accumulate?

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The classification of compartments of nutrient accumulation in the generalized compartment model of biogeochemical cycle.


Nutrient cycle is described with help of the compartment model. The model helps ecologists to describe the movement of nutrients between the living and nonliving. The ecosystem, according to the model, is divided into four compartments, in which nutrient accumulation takes place.


First, the nutrient molecules are classified as available or unavailable depending on whether they can be assimilated by organisms or not. Second, the nutrients present can either be organic or inorganic. The four compartments present are as follows: available organic, available inorganic, unavailable organic, and unavailable inorganic compartments.

The nutrients move rapidly in the available compartments and living organisms are classified in the available organic compartment. The producers take up nutrients like air, water, and soil from the available inorganic compartment. Several processes transfer the nutrients between the available organic compartment and the available inorganic compartment...

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