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  •  Of course this has happened in the past, (0+ / 0-)

    but it's not an often occurrence simply because nature has been operating for millions of years, and thousands of years with the 'modern' species that we know.

    Any such imbalances generally worked themselves out of the ecosystems long before guns showed up. The only time that mass extinctions have occurred over a short time period have been from extreme forcings...like comets, or man.

    •  it is an ongoing process to this day (0+ / 0-)

      the term is no longer used by scientists. They say nature is in flux and can achieve temporary states of equilibrium.

      I'm not talking extinctions, although that happens too. Nature and ecosystems are in a constant state of change.

      Just google balance of nature and read. Some of the scientists on blogs make for great reading.

      The term balance is used by laypeople such as us, generally to mean a static state that we want. One where there are some of the species we like and not so many they cause problems for us.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:02:19 PM PST

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