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Question: Why was precipitation alone, without temperature,

Why was precipitation alone, without temperature, sufficient to account for most of the variation in grassland net primary production across central North America (see fig. 18.3)? Figure 18.3:
Why was precipitation alone, without temperature, sufficient to account for most of the variation in grassland net primary production across central North America (see fig. 18.3)? 

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Primary production in grassland increases with greater annual precipitation. 800- 600 400 200 0- 200 600 400 1,000 Precipitation (mm/yr) 800 1,200 1,400 Figure 18.3 Influence of annual precipitation on net aboveground primary production in grasslands of central North America (data from Sala et al. 1988). Net primary production (g/m?/yr)

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> Can we be confident that differences in growth within P. glandulosa clones grown at different elevations were not the result of genetic differences? Why?

> The example of El Niño and the Great Salt Lake might lead us to what general conclusion concerning the concepts of top-down and bottom-up control?

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> The patterns shown in figure 21.28 support Minnich’s hypothesis that fire protection in southern California would produce a difference in median burn area. However, do these results show conclusively that the differences in burn area in

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> Can a dominant species of tree in a forest or coral on a coral reef (see fig. 17.17, p. 386) be an ecosystem engineer? Figure 17.17: Species with low biomass Dominant species are Keystone species are those whose influence but large effects on commun

> The section on avoiding temperature extremes focused mainly on animals. What are some of the ways in which plants avoid temperature extremes? Bring cold and hot environments into your discussion. Some of the natural history included in chapter 2 might be


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