The chronological sequence of vegetation and associated animals in an area; or, continuous colonization, extinction, and replacement of species' populations at a particular site, due either to environmental changes or to the intrinsic properties of the plants and animals. [Go to source
The sequential replacement of one population assemblage by another in a habitat following some disturbance. Succession sometimes ends in a relatively stable ecosystem. Ecology [Gr. oikos: house + logos: discourse, study] • The scientific study of the interaction of organisms with their environment, including both the physical environment and the other organisms that live in it.
The progression of plant life and attendant animal life in a given geographic location, from pioneer plant to climax community.