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Difference between Ecocline and Ecotone?

Can anyone please elaborate the difference between Ecocline and Ecotone? I have racked my head far too long to get the hang, but the end result has been ZILCH!
Thanks in advance :)


  • Transition zone based on a single physical factor like heat, salinity, etc which cause variation in species is ecocline.

    PS:read in some article on great barrier reefs, not 100% sure.
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  • ecocline describes a type of an ecotone which is a tranistion area btwn 2 biomes where they integrate.egs-thermocline(btwn 2 bodies of water with varying temp),halocline(salinity)etc ecocline thus describes a gradient and is more like a subset of ecotone.
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  • Wikipedia: an ecotone describes a variation in species
    prevalence and is often not strictly dependent
    on a major physical factor separating an
    ecosystem from another, with resulting
    habitat variability. An ecotone is often
    unobtrusive and harder to measure.
  • Wt is a biome frnds...
  • @Pathology, good & brief explanation

    Ecotone describes a variation in species prevalence and is often not strictly dependent on a major physical factor separating an ecosystem from another, with resulting habitat variability. Here are 2 examples to help you understand better.
    Alternatively, it can be described ais a "zone of junction" between two or more diverse ecosystems.
    It can be local or regional, narrow or wide. Here, the conditions are intermediate two the adjacent systems and hence a zone of tension. Two concrete examples :

    1. ESTUARIES - It represents an ecotone b/w fresh water and marine ecosystem and shows a variation of salinity due to mixing of sea water with fresh water.
    2. MANGROVES - Since mangroves are located between the land and sea they represent the best example of ecotone.


    Ecocline is a variation of the physicochemical environment dependent of one or two physico-chemical factors of life(say temperature), and thus presence/absence of certain species. It can be understood as "physical transition zone".
    Examples : An ecocline can be a THERMOCLINE, chemocline (chemical gradient), halocline (salinity gradient) or pycnocline (variations in density of water induced by temperature or salinity).


    1. NIOS Attachment
    2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecotone#Ecotones_and_ecoclines
    6_Natural Ecosystem.pdf
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