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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

The Conservation Alliance

Lessons of Ecology
Hugh Bollinger

Lessons of Ecology

Landscape Consequences after Conversion to City Infrastructure (credit: SWE)

Ecology is often seen as highly complex interactions between species adaptations to their environment that evolved over long time periods. However, sometimes basic ecological principals can be summarized by a illustration. Here is a simple cartoon showing of the consequences to both ecology and infrastructure from a deforested landscape.


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