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Patch Characteristics

Image: Patch Characteristics. Figure is drawn from the perspective of a lake. A patch = a lake.Individual lake, stream and wetland ecosystems can be considered patches characterized by physical, chemical, and biological features such as water chemistry, species richness, and primary and secondary productivity. These patches have boundaries, which are often more easily defined for freshwater ecosystems than for terrestrial ecosystems (e.g., shoreline, riparian zones, and emergent vegetation zone) and are often a focal-point for important ecosystem processes linking freshwater, terrestrial, and human landscapes.

Figures are drawn from the perspective of a lake. A patch = a lake.