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EcoZone System

Part code – ME-6668

PASCO’s EcoZone System is designed to help students model and understand the complex interactions within, and among, different ecosystems. The three clear acrylic EcoChambers are specially designed to accommodate PASCO sensors, making qualitative and quantitative measurements very easy to observe.
With three interconnected chambers, students can model the interaction between three different ecosystems. Choose the traditional terrestrial, aquatic, and decomposition environments or create unique biomes to model and measure. Decouple the system for isolated investigations. How does the availability of light affect the ecosystem? Students can create two identical ecosystems for precise control of variable impact.

Features

  • Custom molded for use with PASCO sensors
  • Quantitatively study the interaction of different ecosystems
  • Sturdy construction designed for easy setup and cleanup
  • Total volume of each chamber is 4534 cubic centimeters
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What is in the box?

  • 1x Three individual EcoChambers with lids
  • 1x Custom tray for holding EcoChambers in a connected ecosystem
  • 1x Stoppers and connectors
  • 1x Cotton wick
  • 1x Syringe and plastic tubing

Education Resource Information

Applications

  • Construct a traditional ecosystem of interconnected aquatic, terrestrial, and decomposition chambers.
  • Construct a single biome such as a desert, tundra or man-grove biome.
  • Use a single chamber to study photosynthesis, fermentation or greenhouse gases.

How It Works

With three interconnected chambers, students can model the interaction between three different ecosystems. Choose the traditional terrestrial, aquatic, and decomposition arrangement or create unique biomes to model and measure. Decouple the system for isolated investigations – how does the availability of light affect the ecosystem? Students can create two identical ecosystems and monitor one in light conditions and one in dark.
The openings within the chambers allow air to circulate between the chambers, and the included cord efficiently ‘wicks’ water between the chambers. Additionally, ions are transported through the cord, so materials move from the terrestrial chamber too!
What about chemical analysis?
With the included syringe, you can extract a small amount of water for chemical testing with the PASCO ezSample™ test kits. The syringe can also be used to replenish water if the levels are too low to sustain life, or if students want to inject a pollutant into the environment and monitor its effect.