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Succession is concerned with community development over time. Find out more in our general section on Succession

6th Stage of Hydrosere - Climax

The diversity of species declined but stabilised. Conditions (the micro-climate) will be determined by the dominant plants like the alder. For example, temperature will change slowly under the canopy.

The community is so stable change will be imperceptable. Depending on the source of water it may remain damp and swamp-like, if say a small stream or river is nearby. If however, the pond was isolated from inflow of water the final community could be on dry land. The trees may eventually dry the swamp and birch or oak could replace it. However, this will be down to local conditions and it is this that will determine the climax community.

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