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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

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Scales of Change in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

Scales of Change in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem

(p.32) (p.33) Three Scales of Change in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem
Serengeti IV

Kristine L. Metzger

Anthony R. E. Sinclair

Sandy Macfarlane

Michael Coughenour

Junyan Ding

University of Chicago Press

This chapter summarizes what is known about the abiotic environment of the Serengeti ecosystem as it changes over different scales. This chapter first looks at the broad scale, then looks at physical change, and considers how changes at these different scales affect the ecology of the Serengeti ecosystem. Geological events shape the physical landscape and the parent material forms the chemical properties of the soil. Climate events shape the system and act on many scales. For example, droughts historically dried up Lake Victoria and altered weather patterns. However, changes have also been human, such as the change in Mara River’s water flow due to increased agricultural use upstream. All in all, this chapter gives two recommendations based on these events and changes: to allow wildebeest and other migrants access to the lake shore, and to carefully plan and manage the human land use of the Serengeti ecosystem.

Keywords:   abiotic factor, biodiversity, biotic factor, ecosystem change, human use, landscape, Serengeti ecosystem, topography

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