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This article has been written to help you learn the effects of cycles on ecosystems. You will learn what a cycle is, how it affects the ecosystem, and more.

To start with this article, I’ll introduce you to what a cycle is with definitions and representation of different types of cycles. Then I’ll go into detail about how each type of cycle can affect an ecosystem. 

After that, I’ll show how organisms may adapt in order to survive during different types of cycles. Overall, this post should be good for anyone who wants knowledge on the effects cycles can have on organisms and their ecosystems or if they just want some information about various types of cycling systems.

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Cycles are a cycle of change of a system, and it may occur once, or several times throughout the system. Cycles can affect an ecosystem in many ways. 

In some ecosystems, the cycles can be helpful to the organism’s well-being, but other times they can cause harm. To learn more about how these cycles affect an ecosystem, I’ll cover each type of cycle and its effects on an ecosystem with examples from real life.

Here are some points discussed about the Effects of Cycles on Ecosystems Flashcards-

1. Where cycles occur

Cycles occur all over the world, but can be found almost everywhere. Cycles seem to occur most often in ecosystems that are near a body of water. Cycles can occur in various systems and may affect an ecosystem directly or indirectly.

Examples of these systems are:

Food Chain

The food chain is a system that involves primary producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers and lastly the decomposers. These specific types of organisms are linked together because each organism depends on another to survive. 

Each organism in this system relies on another for its survival. The primary consumer depends on a plant as an energy source, and the secondary consumer depends on both the primary consumer and plant for its survival. 

Energy Flow

Energy flows through an ecosystem by means of a habitat’s predators or prey getting their energy through one another. 

One organism may live off of another organism or a few organisms in their habitat that is at the very bottom of their food chain. For instance, a coyote would be a primary consumer and grazing cattle would be secondary consumers. 

2. When cycles occur

Cyclic changes in ecosystems can occur during different seasons and times of the year. Generally, changes occur over a span of time where there is a cyclic change from one phase to another.

Seasonal Cycles

The seasons are when cycles occur. The seasons are the time between the spring and fall, and the summer and winter. In this system, obviously this happens over a span of time that includes spring and fall. 

There are several ways in which seasonal cycles affect an ecosystem, such as plants not being able to grow or survive during certain months of the year.

Rapid Changes

In rapid changes, a cycle occurs greatly between two seasons. For example, a climate during the winter can turn into a colder climate during spring and summer rapidly.

Influence of Cycles

Cycling affects many ecosystems in different ways. For instance, in some ecosystems where there are cycles, the insects living in these habitats may leave as one of the effects of a butterfly migration or an animal migration to another ecosystem. 

3. Types of cycling

Cycling can occur in many ways, such as animal migration and plant migration. Animal Migration is when an organism leaves its original habitat while migrating to another area. 

The organism may leave because the conditions of their habitat are changing too rapidly or the whole ecosystem around them may be destroyed. 

On the other hand, plant migration is when any plant seed or plant that is capable of germination migrates away from a location where it was planted. In some cases, these seeds or plants may have been brought by humans or animals that transported them to another area.

4. How cycling affects larger organisms

Cycling can affect larger organisms in several ways, as well as smaller organisms. The main way that these organisms are affected is by the amount of energy they get through their food sources in the habitat. 

5. How cycling affect smaller organisms

Smaller organisms or animal populations may be affected by cycles occurring in its specific habitat if it affects their food source sources or if it causes an area to become hostile to live in. When a habitat is affected by phases, it can become unfriendly for organisms to live in because of the changes in temperature and other conditions. 


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