Many factors contribute to the diversity of life in an environment.The
availability of nutrients and sunlight, along with other factors that play a
pivotal role in determining what and how much life an area can sustain.
While studying the Second Law of Thermodynamics, it came to my attention
that the classical pyramid shape of the producer, C1, C2, C3, biomass pyramid
did little to take into account the amount of detrital input.I hypothesized
that the amount detrital input greatly effected the number of C1, C2, and C3
consumers and thus the overall biodiversity of an ecosystem.Further, if you
could find a test-bed where detrital input was the only real difference between
two similar ecosystems you would find that organisms of each ecosystem
would be adapted to the peculiar conditions.This adaptation would lead you
to find vast differences in the taxonomic groups associated with each
With this in mind, Ifirst set out to find two similar ecosystems were I
could test this hypothesis.Second,to sample, categorize and compare the
diversity of these ecosystems along taxonomic lines.Next, I planned to use
several of the widely accepted diversity indexes (Simpson’s Index, Shannon’s
Index the Chi-Square Test) to compare statistically, the diversity of my
Scientific Law states that in order to test the effects of one factor in an
equation you must eliminate all other factors .In order to test the detrital base
as the limiting factor, all other limiting agents must be eliminated.In a field
experiment this is technically impossible; though it is possible to come close by
choosing two ecosystems that are very similar.
In order to keep this experiment as simple as possible the ecosystem
chosen had to be nearly self contained and small.The smaller and more
contained the ecosystem the less chance for outside input that could destroy
our results.Alazan and B…

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