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Environmental Parameter Environmental Parameter

FIGURE 5.2. A two-dimensional schematic to illustrate the difference between (A) a dynamically fragile community versus (B) a robust one. A dynamically fragile community (or species) would be able to exhibit stability within a limited range of environmental conditions, whereas a robust one could withstand a wide range of conditions. (After Begon, Harper, and Townsend 1996)

Environmental Parameter Environmental Parameter

FIGURE 5.2. A two-dimensional schematic to illustrate the difference between (A) a dynamically fragile community versus (B) a robust one. A dynamically fragile community (or species) would be able to exhibit stability within a limited range of environmental conditions, whereas a robust one could withstand a wide range of conditions. (After Begon, Harper, and Townsend 1996)

community could be stable at short time intervals in the face of small disturbance events, but unstable when confronted with larger perturbations.

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