Steppe Ecosystems of Natural and Anthropogenic Origin: Features of Similarity and Difference

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Affiliation: Biodiversity Conservation Center
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal namePriroda
EditionIssue №11

This article is devoted to the analysis of some features of natural ecosystems that have not experienced human influence. On the example of steppes it is shown that the processes of formation of natural men-changed ecosystems of past and modern epochs are very similar. We analyze the essential conditions for the sustainable functioning of existing ecosys-tems. Considering these conditions, it becomes obvious that most natural ecosystems have more or less anthropogenic features. In this regard, the authors point the necessity to clarify some principles of the environmental strategy.

Keywordsnatural ecosystems, disturbed ecosystems, steppe, grazing animals, phytophages, fossorial, microrelief
Publication date11.12.2018
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