Eco-Online Nova Scotia - Monitoring Biodiversity

Biodiversity

The word 'biodiversity' is a combination of two words: biological and diversity. It refers to the variety of life on Earth. Biodiversity encompasses all the living things that exist in a certain area, in the air, on land or in water: plants, animals, microorganisms, fungi. The area considered may be as small as your backyard compost heap — or as big as our whole planet.

Animals and plants don't exist in isolation. All living things are connected to other living things and to their non-living environment (earth forms, rocks and rivers). If one tiny species in an ecosystem becomes extinct, we may not notice, or think it's important. But the biodiversity of that ecosystem will be altered, and all the ecosystems that the species belonged to will be affected.

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