Fourth Law Of Thermodynamics 301

12.1 Introduction 301

12.2 The maximum power principle 302

12.3 Hypothesis: a thermodynamic law of ecology 306

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12.4 Supporting evidence 309

12.5 Other ecosystem theories 314

12.6 Toward a consistent ecosystem theory 316

12.7 Some final comments 322

CHAPTER 13: APPLICATION OF EXERGY AS ECOLOGICAL INDICATOR AND GOAL FUNCTION IN ECOLOGICAL MODELLING 325

13.1 Introduction 325

13.2 Exergy and specific exergy as ecological indicators 328

13.3 Assessment of ecosystem integrity. An example: a lake ecosystem ... 333

13.4 Thermodynamics of controlled ecological processes and exergy 338

13.5 Modelling the selection of Darwin's finches 341

13.6 Exergy of the global carbon cycle: how to estimate its potentital useful work 346

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