Eutrophication vs Succession
Eutrophication and Succession are gradual changes that happen in the environment. They are triggered by both natural and unnatural substances or occurrence that can’t be stopped by men when it has occurred. Knowing the two can help you in the future on how to control or learn about its changes.
From the Greek word, eutrophia and German word Eutrophie, which means adequate nutrition, development and healthy. This is the addition of natural or artificial substances, like phosphates and nitrates, through sewage or fertilizers, in an aquatic system. This is the condition where there is a great increase or bloom of phytoplankton in a water body. Other negative effects include the depletion of oxygen present in water, and the reduction of animal populations and specific fishes.
This refers to the less or more orderly and predictable changes in the structure or composition configuration of an ecological community. This primarily happens by the formation of a new, unoccupied territory (ex. Severe landslide or lava flow) or from a certain disturbance (logging, wind throw or fire). Succession is divided into two types, primary succession and secondary succession. They are classified according to the area where it took place.
What is the difference between Eutrophication and Succession?
Eutrophication causes can be of natural causes (ex.run-off of nourishment from the soil and weathering of rocks) and artificial causes or made by man (ex. Discharge of detergents that contain phosphates. As for succession causes is mainly of natural occurrence like erosion, catastrophic factors and many more. With Eutriphication the effects can cause death and undernourishment of some animals. With Succession a new territory is made and the changes are very visible. When eutriphication worsens it can dramatically decrease the existence of some species while succession can give another animals shelter of the formed territory.
Eutriphication happens slowly and sometime, it is too late for man to do something about it. Both can bring good and bad outcomes.
• Eutrophication and Succession are gradual changes that may happen in the environment.
• Eutrophication came from the Greek word, eutrophia and German word Eutrophie, which means adequate nutrition, development and healthy.
• Succession refers to the less or more orderly and predictable changes in the structure or composition configuration of an ecological community.
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