Ecology

 

     What plants and animals live in land, water, forests and air? How do they manage to stay alive? How do they interact with one another and other organisms around them? What changes will they undergo after sometime in this changing world? How do they cope with their physical environment?

     Ecology is the branch of science that attempts to answer such questions raised by people. The German biologist who coined the term ecology in 1866 was Ernst Haeckel. It came from to Greek words: oikos meaning "house or place to live", and logos meaning "study of". Literally then, "ecology" is the study of organisms in their home. In more formal terms, ecology is the study of structure and function of nature or the study of the relationships among living organisms and of the totality of physical and biological factors making up their environment.

     Ecologists call a self-sustaining collection of living organisms and non-living organisms together with their environment as an ecological system or ecosystem. Ecosystem is a term introduced by English botanist, A. G. Tansley in 1935.

     As human beings, we are part of this ecosystem and we benefit largely from it. It is therefore our responsibility to take part in protecting and cultivating the beauty of our Mother Earth. We are inviting you to explore this site to help you understand more the wonders of our environment and at the same time know the needs for sustaining its life.

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Believe one who knows : you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters .

~St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 
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