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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 ecosystem With this in mind I first 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 Simpsons Index Shannons Index the Chi-Square Test to compare statistically the diversity of my ecosystems 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 Bernaldo creek provided
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