Humans and ecosystems: how do vultures provide ecosystem services? | Khan Academy

Changes in biodiversity can influence humans’ resources, such as food, energy, and medicines, as well as ecosystem services that humans rely on—for example, water purification and recycling.

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“Bearded Vulture swallowing a big bone- Catalan Pyrenees - Spain” by Francesco Veronesi, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 2.0):
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“White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) on zebra carcass” by Charles J. Sharp, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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“Red Headed Vulture on a Chital Carcass” by Sumeet Moghe, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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“Bearded Vulture carrying a big bone - Catalan Pyrenees - Spain” by Francesco Veronesi, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 2.0):
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“Vulture eat gnu” by Byrdyak, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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“Vulture Scavenging” by DipaliLath, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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“Grand Canyon National Park, Powell Point Sunset” by M. Quinn / National Park Service, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0):
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“Ancient redwoods in Humboldt State Park” by Miguel Vieira, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0):
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“Xunaa Shuká Hít: A Collaborative Milestone” by the National Park Service [Public domain], via the National Park Service Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve:
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“Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) on dead cattle” by Bernard Dupont, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0):
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“White-backed Vultures Waiting” by Axel Tschentscher, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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“Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) in flight” by Charles J. Sharp, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0):
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