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SL320: South Florida Conceptual Model

Figure 5. The General Ecosystem Conceptual Model shows the interactions among key parts of an ecosystem. As E. P. Odum (one of the "fathers" of ecology) put it, an ecosystem is more than the sum of its parts. The ecosystem feedbacks, or interactions, among the physical, chemical, and biological components of the Everglades landscape are fundamental to the dynamics of this complex system.