Ecosystem Dynamics. Chapter 8 page 189. Organisms and energy. All organisms are energy converters – they take in energy and use it to carry out body functions. This energy transfer is very inefficient with a lot of energy being lost as heat.
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Chapter 8 page 189
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All of the heat lost in each process radiates back to space and is permanently lost – energy is not re-cycled in an ecosystem.
a diagram that depicts the energy flow in an ecosystem. Producers are on the bottom while consumers are on the higher levels of the pyramid - a model that shows the loss of energy from one trophic level to another.