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Ecology of Crater Lake National Park

In this section we take a look at the "big picture" of how the different living organisms we have looked at in other sections (plants, animals, fungi), interact with their natural environment (geological features, climate, and so forth). This is the primary focus of ecology. A major topic of discussion of this section, and a major concept of ecology, are ecosystems. Ecosystems are the sum total of interacting living organisms and their non-living environment in an area is termed an ecosystem.

A diatom found in Crater Lake, Stephanodiscus hantzschii; photo courtesy of Stan Geiger

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