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Keystone Species (3/5)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 9 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Zoologist Bob Paine has conducted experiments on a small island off the Washington coast for over 30 years in one of the longest ongoing studies of a single area by the same scientist. His experiment on the connection between starfish and mussels has resulted in one of the most important principles of modern ecology, known as "keystone species". Paine showed that certain species are critically important to the balance of particular ecosystems. The loss of a keystone species can have a devastating impact on that ecosystem's biodiversity. Humans impact the biodiversity of the world more than any other creature. We are the ultimate keystone species. Thus we have a larger responsibility towards the world around us.

Awards: 5 Emmy Awards; Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition; Best of Category , Best Educational Value, Best Scientific Content and Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula; UNESCO Silver Medal, The New York Festivals; Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival; Best Graphic Design, International Monitor Awards; Bronze Anvil Award, Public Relations Society of America

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