Environment and Ecology


What is a climax community?

Land-based (terrestrial) communities of organisms move through a series of stages from bare earth or rock to forests of mature trees in ecological succession. The last stage of succession is described as the “climax” because it is thought that, if left undisturbed, communities can remain in this stage forever. However, many scientists now believe that a climax community may be only one part of the continuous cycle of succession.


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