Life: The Science of Biology 11th Edition

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1-31901-016-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-31901-016-4

Chapter 57 - Ecosystems - 57.4 - Nutrient Cycling in Ecosystems Involves Chemical and Biological Transformations - 57.4 Recap - Learning Outcomes - Page 1244: 1


The ecosystem provides humans with clean water and a source of food. In addition, it also provides us with areas for recreational activities, such as boating, hiking and swimming. Under some circumstances, the environment can act as a barrier to protect people and infrastructure from natural disasters, such as when the mangrove forests of coastal Asian countries act as a buffer against tsunamis.

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