Biology 2010 Student Edition

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ISBN 10: 9780133669510
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Chapter 3, The Biosphere - Assessment - 3.1 What is Ecology? - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 90: 4

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A model is a simplified representation of an object or an idea that describes an event that is too complex, too big or too small to study in real life. These models come in handy when studying ecological changes because scientists couldn’t fit the entire biosphere into the laboratory to study it. For example, scientists can use modeling to study the effect of a volcanic eruption on the ecosystem. Since a volcanic eruption is too complicated and too dangerous to study in an actual environment, a model can be useful in understanding its conditions.

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A model is a simplified representation of an object or an idea that describes an event that is too complex, too big or too small to study in real life. These models come in handy when studying ecological changes because scientists couldn’t fit the entire biosphere into the laboratory to study it. For example, scientists can use modeling to study the effect of a volcanic eruption on the ecosystem. Since a volcanic eruption is too complicated and too dangerous to study in an actual environment, a model can be useful in understanding its conditions.
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