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The term used by conservationists to denote a community or ecosystem that could be readily re-established following disturbance (by motorway building, open-cast mining, etc.) without any noticeable change. Certain long-established communities (e.g. in Britain primary woodlands) are thought not to be recreatable since they would take many hundreds of years to re-establish their present detailed structure and composition and it is virtually impossible to reconstruct the same long-term environmental influences as fashioned their present form.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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