Campbell Biology (11th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-13409-341-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-13409-341-3

Chapter 55 - 55.1 - Concept Check - Page 1239: 1


Because it is not a cycle, energy eventually leaves the system.

Work Step by Step

This may be counter-intuitive if you are thinking of the circle of life, but that does not describe the flow of energy in and out of an ecosystem. Energy flows in as sunlight to plants. Most is lost as heat at each trophic level of the ecosystem until is has eventually all dissipated out of that particular system.
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