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    short-term rhythms meaning

    Hi teacher !!!

    Can you explain to me the meaning of short- term rhythms as in "short-term rhythms of time and their effect on flora and fauna", please

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    Re: short-term rhythms meaning

    Since I have neither heard nor seen that term before, some context would be useful. Could you use it in a sentence?
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    Re: short-term rhythms meaning

    I think I wrote a sentence using it in my post already, "short-term rhythms of time and their effect on flora and fauna", or full sentence here

    Chronobiology might sound a little futuristic – like something from a science fiction novel, perhaps – but it’s actually a field of study that concerns one of the oldest processes life on this planet has ever known: short-term rhythms of time and their effect on flora and fauna.
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    Re: short-term rhythms meaning

    As it appeared in an exam, we need to know what the question relating to that quote was.

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    Hi Rover

    There is no question about it. The quote is a part of paragraphs in the reading passage called "Making time for Science". It seem to be academic so I couldn't figure out exactly its meaning.

    "Chronobiology might sound a little futuristic – like something from a science fiction novel, perhaps – but it’s actually a field of study that concerns one of the oldest processes life on this planet has ever known: short-term rhythms of time and their effect on flora and fauna.

    This can take many forms. Marine life, for example, is influenced by tidal patterns. Animals tend to be active or inactive depending on the position of the sun or moon. Numerous creatures, humans included, are largely diurnal – that is, they like to come out during the hours of sunlight. Nocturnal animals, such as bats and possums, prefer to forage by night. A third group are known as crepuscular: they thrive in the low-light of dawn and dusk and remain inactive at other hours..."

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    Re: short-term rhythms meaning

    Right — so your question was answered in the second paragraph.

    What more can we add?

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    Chronobiology is a field of biology that examines periodic (cyclic) phenomena in living organisms and their adaptation to solar- and lunar-related rhythms.[1] These cycles are known asbiological rhythms. Chronobiology comes from the ancient Greek χρόνος (chrónos, meaning "time"), and biology, which pertains to the study, or science, of life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronobiology

    Short term rhythms of life are solar-related cycles of 24 hours (rather than lunar-related months ) that have an effect on flora and fauna, plants and animals.

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    Re: short-term rhythms meaning

    Yes. And it might also refer to tidal cycles, which are more complicated.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Please note that a sentence must have a verb.

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