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Triage biodiversity

  1. 1. Biological Diversity Professor X 09/06/11
  2. 2. What is Biodiversity? <ul><li>The variation of life forms within a given ecosystem (Ex: Earth) </li></ul>09/06/11
  3. 3. What does it mean? <ul><li>Our biodiversity today consists of millions of distinct biological species, which is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution. </li></ul><ul><li>In Short: Biodiversity is diversity among biological species </li></ul>09/06/11
  4. 4. Diversity: Three different groups Genetic Diversity Diversity of genes within a species 09/06/11 Species Diversity Diversity among species in an ecosystem Ecosystem Diversity Diversity of a habitat in a given unit area
  5. 5. 09/06/11 Measurement Alpha Diversity Beta Diversity Gamma Diversity
  6. 6. <ul><li>Environmentalist, Jared Diamond, says H.I.P.P.O. is to blame: </li></ul>09/06/11 Threats I nvasive Species P ollution Human Over P opulation O verkill H abitat destruction
  7. 7. What Does it Mean for Us? <ul><li>Conservation of Earth’s </li></ul><ul><li>biodiversity is vital because </li></ul><ul><li>we get so much from the </li></ul><ul><li>Earth. </li></ul>09/06/11 Aesthetic values of a pretty flower or a beautiful animal . Natural resources (oil, rubber, water, oxygen, and more)
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where… all [species] have an important role… This is… useful for mankind as a larger number of species of plants means more variety of crops and a larger number of species of animals ensure that the ecosystem is naturally sustained . ” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Globalissues.org </li></ul>09/06/11

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