apes study guides

♻️  Unit 8: Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution

2.2 Ecosystem Services

#provisional

#cultural

#regulationofecosystemservices

⏱️  1 min read

written by

Joshua Nielsen

joshua nielsen


Vocabulary

  • Ecosystem Services

  • Provisional

  • Cultural

  • Regulation

  • Supporting

Overview

Ecosystem services are naturally occurring. They range from goods that are bought and sold to feelings of wonder and enjoyment. If damaged, they are difficult to return back to normal and could have economic as well as ecological ramifications.

Supporting

These services are necessary for other services to function. Photosynthesis allows plants to grow and therefore provide habitats and food. The biogeochemical cycles move the elements and molecules in order to support the existence of the ecosystem.

Provisioning

Think of the word provisions. Many of these services can be traded in markets or used in households. Services include food, water, shelter, medicine, energy, and timber (used for lumber).

Regulating

These services are often taken for granted because you do not see them in action. They are considered to be ‘behind the scenes’. Examples:

Air quality

Carbon sequestration

Natural disaster control

Pollination

Biological control

Erosion prevention

Water flow

Wastewater treatment

Cultural

Happy thoughts and feelings are provided by these eco-services. Many national/state/local parks are used for tourism, recreation, or aesthetic beauty.

https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/09/30/20/22/vintage-1706242_960_720.jpg

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

🎥 Watch: AP Environmental Science Streams

continue learning

Slide 1 of 8
Fiveable

Join Our Community

Fiveable Community students are already meeting new friends, starting study groups, and sharing tons of opportunities for other high schoolers. Soon the Fiveable Community will be on a totally new platform where you can share, save, and organize your learning links and lead study groups among other students!🎉

Fiveable Logo

2550 north lake drive
suite 2
milwaukee, wi 53211

92% of Fiveable students earned a 3 or higher on their 2020 AP Exams.

*ap® and advanced placement® are registered trademarks of the college board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

© fiveable 2020 | all rights reserved.