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Synonyms: biomes, biosphère, biosphere, biosfera

A system of living organisms interacting with each other and their physical environment. The boundaries of what could be called an ecosystem are somewhat arbitrary, depending on the focus of interest or study. Thus, the extent of an ecosystem may range from very small spatial scales to, ultimately, the entire Earth. (IPCC)

Related terms:
MDG 7: environmental sustainability

Broader terms:
biodiversity

Narrower terms:
tropical forests, marines, taiga, tundra, deserts, savannahs, urban ecosystems, island ecosystems, polar ecosystems

Linked data frontend for ecosystems.