Table 2. Generalized levels of potential and connectedness in the four phases of the adaptive cycle, and observed time period with these theoretically assumed combinations of low and high levels of potential and connectedness in the case area.

  Predictions from the adaptive cycle heuristic Observed period with the theoretically assumed combinations of low and high levels of potential and connectedness
Phase Potential Connectedness Time period
Release Low High 1975–1989
Reorganization High Low 1990–1994/95
Exploitation Low Low 1994/95–1997
Conservation High High 1998–2003
Release 2 Low High 2004–Today