• Human Influence Key Concepts

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    Ecosystems are dynamic systems.

    Humans are a natural part of the ecosystem. Humans use the ecosystem to meet their basic needs, such as to obtain food.

    Human interaction can directly alter habitat size, the quality of available resources in a habitat, and the structure of habitat components. Such interactions can be positive and/or negative.

    • Human input can disturb the balance o f populations that occur in a stable ecosystem. These disturbances may lead to a decrease or increase in a population. Since populations in an ecosystem are interdependent, these disturbances have a ripple effect throughout the ecosystem.

    • The interaction of humans with the dynamic ecosystem may lead to issues of concern for continued ecosystem health in areas such as water supply, air quality, energy production, and waste management.