TPO52 Interactions within an Ecosystem 生态系统中的相互作用


[00:01.00]Listen to part of a lecture in an environmental science class.
[00:06.00]Professor:Today we are going to begin discussing ecosystems.[00:09.50] One important point I want to emphasize in the reading is that there are many interactions that take place within an ecosystem, interactions between animals, interactions between living and non-living things and so on. [00:23.60]Now these interactions can be fairly simple and straightforward.
[00:27.50]Ah, there are certain species of ants and rodents sharing a desert ecosystem in Arizona. [00:33.25]And they compete for the same plants to eat. [00:36.10]And the competition influence is not only the size of the ant and rodent populations, but also the number of eventual plants. [00:45.10]Now, this interaction is easy to see, right? [00:49.10]However, there are many other interactions within ecosystems that are not so apparent and require closer examination.[00:57.50] And the example from your reading was the forest ecosystem along the Pacific coast of North America. [01:03.70]Um, specifically the role of salmon.
[01:07.70]Ok, as you probably know, salmon are born in fresh water streams, they might ran to oceans where they spent most of their lives. [01:16.70]And then they return to the same streams where they were born to reproduce, or spawn. [01:22.15]In order to spawn, salmon need cold, clear streams to ensure the survival of their eggs.[01:29.50] And trees in the surrounding forest play an important role here. [01:33.60] Their leaves provide shade from the Sun. [01:36.60] When logging removes the trees, the streams are open to the Sun and the water becomes warmer.  [01:42.65] When the water warms up, the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water decreases. [01:49.03]And this reduces the chance that the salmon eggs will survive.
[01:52.87]And the trees also help keep the soil on the banks of the stream in place. [01:57.90]Salmon cannot spawn in streambeds clogged with sediment, dirt, from the surrounding area. [02:05.00]They need a clean, graveled streambed. 
[02:10.50]Bred:I read that salmon also help keep stream healthy. 
[02:13.60]Professor:Right. [02:14.60]Salmon contribute important nutrients like carbon and phosphorus. [02:18.80]And these nutrients promote diversity in the stream environment. [02:23.30] Ok, um, so salmon need trees to successfully reproduce, but surprisingly trees also need salmon.[02:33.90] And bears play an important intermediary role. [02:37.55]So in the autumn, bears are busy putting on extra-weight as they prepare to hibernate.  [02:43.70]Each bear catches an estimated 700 fish during the 45 days that the salmon are spawning.
[02:51.30]The bears catch the salmon in the streams and then they carry them back into the forest to eat. [02:57.70]Sometimes as much as 800 meters from the streams. [03:01.60]And since the bears only eat about half of each fish they catch, other animals like eagles, crows and insects feed on the leftovers.
[03:12.75]Maria:Why did the bears bring the salmon so far into the forest?[03:16.30] Why not just eat the fish near the streams?
[03:19.15]Professor:Well, imagine several hungry bears looking for salmon. [03:23.80]When one bear catches a fish, it’s not uncommon for another bear to try stealing it. [03:30.00]These confrontations can be pretty intense. [03:33.12]So it’s safer to bring it back into the forest, to a place where the bear can eat undisturbed.
[03:39.70]Bred:Um, you said that the bears only eat half of each fish they catch? [03:43.44]I mean if I were a bear preparing to hibernate, I probably eat everything I can catch.
[03:48.80]Professor:Well, certain parts of a salmon are more nourishing, fattier than others. [03:53.60]It’s actually more efficient for a bear to only eat some parts of the fish and then try catching another one, instead of eating the whole fish. 
[04:02.70]Ok. So after the scavengers have eaten the leftovers, only the fish’s skeleton remains. [04:09.60]Now, salmon contain nitrogen.  [04:12.20]So their decomposing bodies as skeletons provide a lot of nitrogen to the surrounding forest. [04:19.10] Plants absorb this nitrogen which they need to grow. [04:23.40] So the transfer of this nitrogen to the forest is important. [04:28.00] Forest near streams with salmon actually reach maturity faster than other forests.
[04:34.30] Ok, so, why’s all these important?  [04:37.50] Well, salmon are in trouble. [04:40.15]Some of their populations have gone extinct.[04:43.20] And most of the remaining populations have been significantly reduced by overfishing and environmental challenges. [04:50.50]Now, conservationists can try to prevent overfishing but, well, I mean you can see the interconnections within this ecosystem.  [05:00.40]We’ve already talked about the importance of trees to salmon and the negative effect that something like logging can have.  [05:07.20]So you can see that protecting this ecosystem is going to take a broad effort. 

Question 1 of 6
What is the lecture mainly about?

题目解析:此题出处是: However, there are many other interactions within ecosystems that are not so apparent and require closer examination. And the example from your reading was the forest ecosystem along the pacific  coast of North America. Um, specifically the role of salmon. 这里教授在用蚂蚁和啮齿动物的例子简单说明生态系统里的相互作用之后,开始讲课本里提到的复杂的相互作用,即北美森林里关于大马哈鱼、树木和熊的相互联系,整个讲座片段主要就是讲这个生态系统里的相互作用的,选项C合适。选项A是确保森林生态系统存活的新办法,选项B是沙漠和森林生态系统的相似之处,选项D是森林系统中保护大马哈鱼的因素,都不合适。选择C。




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