Detritus & Bacteria -
As you've learned, detritus is dead, rotting stuff. But, it also
contains bacteria. What do you think about bacteria? In your notebook, label a new section "Bacteria" and tell what you know
and think about bacteria.
Then, click on the "bacteria" links to read about bacteria.
Now, in your notebook, answer these questions about bacteria:
- What are bacteria?
- Where can bacteria be found?
- What do bacteria do?
- Has your thinking about bacteria changed? How?
The bacteria in detritus helps to break down dead matter, which
is then eaten by other organisms. Many animals get their nutrients from detritus, such as filter feeders (clams, oysters,
and mussels), crabs, snails, and barnacles. It's all a part of the system of life - things die, are broken down, and eaten
by other things, which in turn die.