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Write important features of a sedimentary cycle in an ecosystem. - Biology

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Write important features of a sedimentary cycle in an ecosystem.

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Solution

Sedimentary cycles have their reservoirs in the Earth’s crust or rocks. Nutrient elements are found in the sediments of the Earth. Elements such as sulphur, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium have sedimentary cycles.

Features of a sedimentary cycle in an ecosystem are as follows:

  1. Earth’s crust is the main reservoir of phosphorus and other minerals, such as calcium and potassium that undergo sedimentary cycles.
  2. The rate of release of minerals that take part in the sedimentary cycle is regulated by various environmental factors temperature, moisture, and nature of the soil.
  3. Sedimentary cycles are slower than the gaseous cycles therefore they take more time to complete. They take a long time to complete their circulation and are considered as less perfect cycles. This is because, during recycling, nutrient elements may get locked in the reservoir pool, thereby taking a very long time to come out and continue circulation. Thus, it usually goes out of circulation for a long time.
  4. Sedimentary cycles are considered as less perfect cycles as, during recycling, nutrient elements may get locked in the reservoir pool, thereby taking a very long time to come out and continue circulation
Concept: Nutrient Cycling
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Balbharati Biology 12th Standard HSC for Maharashtra State Board
Chapter 14 Ecosystems and Energy Flow
Exercises | Q 4.4 | Page 320
NCERT Class 12 Biology
Chapter 14 Ecosystem
Exercises | Q 12 | Page 257

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