Decaying log

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Boreal forest or taiga
Nutrient cycles Nitrogen; Carbon; Decomposition
Change over time Decomposition
Lessons Energy Flow; Nutrient Cycling
Location Vermont,USA,North America
Decaying log in Spruce Fir Forest, Vermont
This image can be used to illustrate nutrient cycling via decay.

Decaying log in spruce-fir forest, Vermont. All ecosystems exhibit growth and decay. If dead organic materials did not decay and decompose, nutrients would not become available for living organisms to take up. Indeed, without decomposition, this forest would slowly fill with undecayed plant matter as its processes slowly ground to a halt.