Review the various Ecosystems in the US

The Discussions are not simply statements of opinion. They are intended to allow you to expand upon and apply the principles discussed in your textbook, the lectures, and/or other research you conduct. Each week a question will be posed for your consideration. Before answering, you should review the chapters covered during this week and the lectures.

For the Week 4 discussion, please pick one of the topics below to discuss. Your initial post should be posted by 11:59 PM ET Thursday of Week 4. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length and this MUST be in your own words. You are required to include at least one reference in your initial post. Do NOT use Wikipedia, Blurtit, Yahoo Answers, ANY open source or ANY open blog as a source. They are unacceptable academic resources. Be responsible when researching information and use reliable sources. Also, do NOT copy and paste from the Internet. If you DO quote a phrase, be sure to try and explain the phrase afterward, be sure it is enclosed in quotation marks (“”), and be sure that you show which reference the quote came from. Do not count quoted material or the citation in your 250 word count requirement. Please do not plagiarize. If you quote directly from the source, you MUST put quotation marks around it AND you MUST cite the source at the end of your post. It is NOT simply enough to put a source at the end.

You are required to make at least two additional response posts to two different students (or one student and the professor) on two separate days and not posted on the same day as your initial post. The response posts should be at least 100 words and be substantive in nature. While pleasantries such as “I agree” or “great job” are nice, they will not count as one of your required posts. A complimentary, philosophical, or off-topic comment does not count as one of the three required entries. For example, it does not help us to tell us that you did not know something before you read an entry. All entries should help everyone understand one or more of the concepts presented. Your posts should be on at least 3 separate days with all being completed by 11:59 PM ET Sunday of Week 4.

Refer to the rubric below to see how points are allotted for the discussion board posts.

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