Ecosystems adapt well to sudden changes in weather, because the places where sudden changes in weather occur regularly have evolved to be designed to withstand such changes. For example, in the tropics, a heavy rain storm can come and go within ten minutes. The plants are adapted to hard rains and do not break or split, and the animals know to quickly take cover and wait it out. Changes in climate are a different issue. Climate changes are more long term-they can drastically change the types of plants and animals that live in the ecosystem. Those plants and animals will not be adapted to the different overall temperature, participation pattern, wind and humidity that can all change as a result of climate changes.
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