Ecological equilibrium

In ecodynamics, ecological equilibrium is a point or period in time in which the state of an ecological system is at climax, wherein it ceases to grow. [1] This postulate was put forward in 1981 by French-born British economist and philosopher Edward Goldsmith, in his opposition to the logic of second law of thermodynamics, dictating that systems tend towards disorder. [2] In this formulation, Goldsmith equates thermodynamic equilibrium, in ecosystems, not necessarily as death, but as a climax state in which growth potential is lost.

1. Sale, Kirkpatrick. (2000). Dwellers in the Land (pgs. 67-68). University of Georgia Press.
2. Goldsmith, Edward. (1981). “Thermodynamics or Ecodynamics”, The Ecologist, Vol. 11, No. 4, July / August.

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