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- Jan 2023
although the ocean and rainforest seem to be two different extremes of dissimilar environments, surf and turf have several similarities. One similarity that is present in both environments, yet seems counterintuitive is the fact both a reef and a rainforest are essentially nutrient desserts. Both ocean water and forest soil contain low levels of biologically relevant nutrients, and as a result, organisms have developed creative and sometimes symbiotic/mutualistic strategies to thrive in these nutrient-poor environments.
Interesting point that there is a regime of low nutrients which enables higher diversity. I'll look for some references! Here's a Minute Earth video explaining this very well - https://youtu.be/mWVATekt4ZA