'Chicken Creek' ‑‑ An Ecosystem in the Making (image) Technical University of Munich (TUM) Share Print E-Mail Caption Researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and other institutions are studying the development of a fledgling ecosystem at a site called Huehnerwasser or "Chicken Creek." In a former open‑pit coal mining area of Brandenburg, Germany, scientists partitioned off a surface of six hectares and left nature to its own resources. They are closely observing soil, flora, and fauna to determine what factors have a particularly strong influence on developing ecosystems. Credit Michael Elmer, BTU Cottbus Usage Restrictions This photo may be freely used, with copyright notice, for news coverage. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.