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Press Release 10-090

The Great Pond Experiment: Regional vs. Local Biodiversity

Seven-year experiment shows that pond communities bear a lasting imprint of random events in their past

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Illustration showing aquatic insects in a pond.

Aquatic insects were among the animals studied in a seven-year pond experiment.

Credit: State of Texas


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Upper left is low productivity pond, others are high productivity ponds.

Experimental ponds: upper left is low productivity pond, others are high productivity ponds.

Credit: Jon Chase


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Scientists collect samples from the pond array.

Scientists collect samples from the pond array.

Credit: Jon Chase


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A thriving pond in the experimental pond line-up.

A thriving pond in the experimental pond line-up.

Credit: Jon Chase


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Illustration showing the wide variety of plant and animal species in a pond's ecosystem.

The ecosystem of a pond includes a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Credit: State of Texas


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Photo of a dragonfly.

Dragonflies flitted from pond to pond in the 'great pond experiment.'

Credit: State of Texas


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Cover of the May 28, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

The researcher's findings appear in the May 28, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2010


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