Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321775651
ISBN 13: 978-0-32177-565-8

Chapter 55 - 55.1 - Concept Check: 1

Answer

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.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.