edges of habitats are the most diverse places in nature. Is there a parallel in the environment of man?

where the meadow meets the forest is a place that you'll find overlapping species from both habitats. there's a gradual zone of transition, and it's not always well marked. the uniqueness of these areas provides habitat for species that may not be able to exist in either the forest or the meadow alone. can you think of a parallel in the human world? are there places on the boundaries of two 'habitats', where the environment is unique because of the easy access to two separate environments? what are the advantages of living in such a place? can they be designed deliberately and with care, or do they seem to just 'happen'? thanks for your thoughts.

Asked By: patzky99 - 7/5/2007
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Ah, ecotones... I've always found myself living in "social ecotones", so to speak: having friends from very different places, with diverse personalities, attitudes, jobs, places, environments. At the same time, I've lived all my life in a suburban area that is close enough to rural habitats that we get a glimpse of... More
Answered By: Calimecita. - 7/5/2007
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Answered By: polly - 7/5/2007
I think there's another example, which is less literal than the answers I've seen so far: areas around political borders. Think of all the trade that springs up around international border crossings, and to some extent even when there's just a difference in rules between two jurisdictions, like a US state that allows... More
Answered By: eldan - 7/5/2007
Permaculture: These 'Edges' you describe have had a massive impact on Permaculture and the way it has been used. This third habit and species are unique and it is well demonstrated in urban permaculture... More
Answered By: Belladonna - 7/6/2007
It's well documented that this is a very important eco-design question for existing cultures, esp. given that over six billion people are living more spread out tha ever in the history of the whole Primate group, so we can witness "the edge effect" occurring in our human-shaped landscapes as well as our social... More
Answered By: Kulin Kid - 7/7/2007
Perhaps southern southern people can live in large communites but still have their southern traditions...
Answered By: Absilicious - 7/10/2007
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