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Introduction to ecosystems
Introduction to ecosystems

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5 Summary of Week 4

Dr David Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Biological Science at The Open University, discusses what you have learned so far and what's coming next.

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In Weeks 3 and 4 we have considered ecosystems in three very different areas of the globe – deserts, the polar regions and the seas. Each area raised questions for you about how organisms function in different ecosystems and how they are adapted to the physical properties of their environment. You also learned about the need to identify organisms so that the nature of relationships within ecosystems can be evaluated.

In the next two weeks you will examine the impact that humans have on ecosystems, using examples from around the world.

If you would like a short break, or to find out more about studying with The Open University, take alook at our online prospectus [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

You can now go to Week 5.