What Do You Know About Ecological Succession? Trivia Facts Quiz

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What Do You Know About Ecological Succession? Trivia Facts Quiz

There is a lot that is going on in the world today, and as humans, there is much that we can do to ensure we save it from being uninhabitable by taking care of the natural resources. Do you know what global warming is? What do you know about ecological succession? This quiz will help you understand succession on a whole new level.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    During secondary succession, which of these best describes why decomposing pioneer plants give way to larger, more complex plant species, such as hardwood trees?
    • A. 

      Increased amounts of sunlight are able to reach the ground while the pioneer species are decomposing

    • B. 

      Increased soil temperatures from decomposing pioneer species help tree seeds germinate more quickly

    • C. 

      Increased amounts of decomposing pioneer species remove nutrients that tree seedlings need to grow and mature.

    • D. 

      Increased amounts of soil from decomposing pioneer species allow plants with more extensive root systems to become established.

  • 2. 
    Biologists often recommend purposefully starting fires called prescribed burns, which are monitored and controlled Biologists observe greater diversity in plant and animal life in the years following a prescribed burn.  What natural processes are biologists attempting to imitate from the burns?
    • A. 

      Biomagnification

    • B. 

      Pioneer species

    • C. 

      Succession

    • D. 

      Floods

  • 3. 
    What do biologists hope to gain from prescribed burns?
    • A. 

      Reduce forest fires

    • B. 

      To find BIG FOOT

    • C. 

      Restore nutrients

    • D. 

      Create more desirable plant growth

  • 4. 
    Which statement best describes the differences in species diversity between an ecosystem beginning the process of primary succession and one beginning the process of secondary succession?
    • A. 

      Species diversity is much greater in the ecosystem undergoing primary succession because that ecosystem is experiencing a longer period with a lack of competition for space.

    • B. 

      No difference in species diversity exist because both ecosystems initially lack living organisms.

    • C. 

      Species diversity is much greater in the ecosystem undergoing primary succession because the lack of soil provides a greater area for organisms to claim niches.

    • D. 

      Species diversity is greater in the ecosystem undergoing secondary succession because the soil already contains seeds and spores of various species.

  • 5. 
    What geological event is most likely the cause of the changes in species diversity in the ecosystem shown on the graph?
    • A. 

      Volcano

    • B. 

      Flood

    • C. 

      Tornado

    • D. 

      Avalanche 

  • 6. 
    What are the two types of ecological succession?
    • A. 

      Primary

    • B. 

      Secondary

    • C. 

      Succession

    • D. 

      Pioneer species

  • 7. 
    When an area is burned in a forest fire, and then plants and animals begin to return to the burned area, this is called
    • A. 

      Primary succession

    • B. 

      Secondary succession

    • C. 

      Pioneer species

    • D. 

      Community

  • 8. 
    What makes primary succession different than secondary succession is the presence of soil.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    What does secondary succession have that primary succession does not have?
  • 10. 
    What kind of succession occurs following the disruption of an existing ecosystem?
  • 11. 
    During ecological succession, when are pioneer species found?
    • A. 

      During the early stages of succession

    • B. 

      Never

    • C. 

      During the late stages of succession

    • D. 

      In the middle of succession

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