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Biomass Pyramid

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noun

A graphical representation to show the relative amounts of biomass at each trophic level.


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Biomass pyramids are shaped that way to show that biomass is largest at the base, and decreasing in amount as it goes through the apex. The two types of biomass pyramids are the upright and the inverted. The upright pyramid is found in most ecosystems. It results when the combined weight of producers is larger than the combined weight of consumers. An inverted type results when the combined weight of producers is smaller than the combined weight of consumers.


Synonym: Ecological Pyramid of Biomass.
Compare: Energy Pyramid.
See also: Ecological Pyramid, biomass.


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Re: I hate to do this.

... are autotrophs. 2. Which of the following types of organisms produce biomass? producers This is true. Producers produce biomass via photosyntesis ... could include an explaination like the one above in your answer. 11. A pyramid of numbers is a model that shows the _____ at each trophic level ...

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by Larsa
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:07 am
 
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Topic: I hate to do this.
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I hate to do this.

... autotroph 2. Which of the following types of organisms produce biomass? producers 3. Which model shows the amount of energy lost during ... producer level at every trophic level I picked the second one 11. A pyramid of numbers is a model that shows the _____ at each trophic level ...

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by biologyconfusesme
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:39 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I hate to do this.
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Pyramid of Biomass

... do one and then put it all together. My part requires me to sketch the pyramid of biomass (with color and labeling). The directions say "the organisms used should be representative ...

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by adamjkok
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:28 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pyramid of Biomass
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Re: Surviving cannibals

... one kilogram of John Smith. This is why food chains have the shape of a pyramid when you consider biomass (or energy): it requires a lot of rabbits to sustain a single fox. This rule is also ...

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by DrD
Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Surviving cannibals
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QUestion ABout Ecology

... Why is this? - IN your detailed answer, you must include "biome" and " pyramid of biomass". Since he did not assign any reading and i don't recall much about ecology, i was ...

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by frasifrasi
Thu Dec 29, 2005 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: QUestion ABout Ecology
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