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In the 1890s the dunes now protected as Indiana Dunes National Park hosted the first research on plant succession. That research helped establish ecology as a science, made succession an enduring concept, and explains why you mow your lawn.
The above National Park Service video is by Robert Boyd and Tim Watkins featuring botanist, Noel Pavlovic, fire monitor, Mary Fisher-Dunham and park superintendent, Paul Labovitz.
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KNOW THESE VOCABULARY WORDS
1. rejuvenation - the act or process of making something young or energetic again
QUESTIONS, OBSERVATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, WRITING:
1. Find the following in the movie and check them off when you do: Make your best guess if you do not know the species.
12. What are the plants doing in the process of succession?
Well yes, you can. How?
16. Where does the soil get darker or dark grey? Why?
17. If succession is the driver to change, what does disturbance do?
Last updated: August 18, 2020