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Example of a simplified nutrient cycle from Ecosystems Center 1979 annual report

Caption reads: "Figure 1. The biotic systems that have built and now maintain the biosphere also influence the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfer, and other elements. The general pattern of movement is a series of exchanges between the atmosphere, the land, and the sea. Human activities worldwide have mobilized significant additional quantities of biotically important substances, including toxins, and have modified the natural cycles."

Created: 1979

Simulation of global annual net primary production from Ecosystems Center researchers' Terrestrial Ecosystem Model

Caption reads: "Figure 2. Annual net primary production (NPP) for undisturbed mature vegetation of the earth's ecosystems as determined by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM) for current climate at atmosphereic carbon dioxide levels."

Created: 1992