What is imbalance in nature?


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Nature has what one could call balance, so global warming could be an imbalance in nature given an issue with the equilibrium.
  • The ecosystem
The ecosystem is self-sustaining because it has balance. There are biotic and abiotic interactions. There is a delicate requirement in which the different functions must remain steady in order to keep the whole system stable. A good example of this would be the imbalance of nature's coral reefs. Coral reefs survive by being underwater with sunlight, but direct sunlight can be fatal especially if the water is shallow. If the coral reefs die it means the fish have to move on. Any organism that cannot move on will die with the reef. Too much death will create an imbalance with the living organisms as the issue spreads further along until the entire reef is dead. Since the fish and other organisms have to reposition on a new reef that reef becomes over populated, there is not enough food, and organisms continue to die off.
  • Major disruptions
Imbalance in nature such as global warming can be a major disruption to the world as a whole. Living organisms do have the ability to adapt; however, it can take years for some organisms to adapt and remain on the earth. It is true that a new ecosystem may be founded after one was destroyed due to an imbalance in nature, but it takes time. A new tree does not grow to 50 feet over night. It takes years.

Imbalances can cause weather shifts such as warmer or cooler weather than normal. It may snow longer or start snowing later in a season due to an imbalance. If enough of a shift occurs towards one extreme or another whole organisms can be wiped out such as dinosaurs becoming extinct.

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