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When marine and terrestrial ecological systems are compared at the same time scales, there are very great differences in their relations with their physical environments. Similarities arise when comparisons are made at different time scales. There are significant consequences for management.
Owing to the influence of the Tibeto‐Himalayan Highland, the east‐and southeastcoastal zone of the Asian continent lacks the subtropical dry belt, which elsewhere in the world separates temperate forest areas from the humid tropics. Thus forest climates with sufficient rainfall cover coastal...
The development of the ecosystem concept illustrates the search for order in science and shows how individuals and the social‐cultural environment of the science influence concept evolution. Ecosystem was coined in 1935 and replaced a variety of inappropriate terms which all referred to a system...
Tropical countries are endowed with a rich array of biotic and geophysical resources. Only in the past 30 years has the rate of their resource transformation been so rapid as to threaten the environment, largely because of the demands of a growing human population resulting from the demographic...
The development of ecology in Japan, especially after the Meiji Restoration (1868), is briefly reviewed. Pioneering studies of Hiratsuka, on the calorimetric budget of a silkworm population, and Motomura, on the relation between numbers of species and individuals in biotic communities, are...
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