Resiliance and Vulnerability of Daintree Rainforest

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An ecosystem is the interaction between abiotic and non-abiotic components of an environment as a functional unit.. The vulnerability of an ecosystem is determined by four main factors, these being Biodiversity, Extent, Location and Linkages. The level of fragility within an ecosystem is determined by the extent of natural and human induce stresses, increasing disruption of an ecosystem can lead to higher levels of vulnerability and reduced resilience. An ecosystem that demonstrates vulnerability is the Daintree Rainforest, the wet tropics have been subjective to heavy logging and agricultural clearance as well as being exposed to climate change as well as being an extremely old ecosystem, leaving the Daintree in a particularly vulnerable position. Biodiversity is highly important when determining the vulnerability and resilience of an ecosystem as species, genetic and population diversity can have detrimental effects on the ability of an ecosystem to survive and recover after damage. Stability within an ecosystem is determined by the levels of biodiversity, whether species be threatened or thriving. Large species and genetic diversity is important as variation within a species leads to greater ability to recover after dramatic damage and disruption. Within the Daintree Rainforest ecosystem, cassowaries and other vulnerable fauna species are abundant due to supportive habitats and lowland areas suitable and supportive for breeding habits. Small changes in an ecosystem can highly damage the abundance of specific species such as insects and marine life (fish species are adapted to very regulated temperatures, any change in water temp can often be detrimental to fish species). The Daintree Rainforest community supports an extremely vast range of organisms, a single hectare of the wet tropics can contain around 42,000 difference species of insects, up to around 15000

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