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An ecologist wants to study the impact of habitat fragmentation on a forest ecosystem.
Which of these would be the LEAST impactful way to study the potential effect of habitat fragmentation while giving the most useful information?
Using a computer model to generate possible outcomes
Observing a fragmented prairie ecosystem
Deforesting an ecosystem and observing the effects
Hypothesizing about what might be possible outcomes of fragmentation
Experimenting on a small patch of trees in a controlled area