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date: 10 December 2019

Nutrient and Biogeochemical Cycling  

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability
Deane WANGDeane WANG

Understanding nutrient and biogeochemical cycling (the movement of elements through ecosystem components) can provide relatively unambiguous and simple criteria for evaluating one aspect of sustainability. Based on a “mass balance” approach (which looks at the balance of ecosystem inputs and outputs), descriptions of elemental cycles over human time frames can determine whether management practices will result in losses in nutrient stocks (the total ecosystem inventory of nutrients in various forms) that will ultimately degrade ecosystem function. ...

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