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Biomes of the World - A biome, also known as life zones, consists of all plants, animals, and other organisms, as well the physical environment in a particular area. A biome is characterized by its’ plant life, climate, and location. The climate and physical features determine the boundaries of a biome. A biome is made up of many different ecosystems. The ecosystems tend to have the same pants and animals as neighboring biomes around the boundaries. The major biomes are the tundra, taiga, tropical rain forest, temperate forests, desert, grassland, savanna, chaparral, and marine....   [tags: The World's Biomes]
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Forest Biomes: Complex Ecologic Systems in the World - There are various ways to classify biome, one of the common ways is grouping biomes into five major types: forest, grasslands, desert, aquatic, and tundra. Identifying a location in the world that is hard to live well and explain needs comparisons from multiple facets, for instance, geographic location, climate, and the food source. Forest biomes are the most complex ecologic systems in the world, and they cover 1/3 of the land on earth. There are three major types of forest biomes: tropical forests, temperate forests, and boreal forests....   [tags: savannas, grassland biomes] 585 words
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The Importance of Biomes - The importance of Biomes Biomes are the living spaces of life. They describe communities located across different regions across the world, looking at the interactions between climatic factors, living organisms, and substrates found in the environment. Generally, a biome refers to a community of similar organisms that are found in a particular climate zone. There are six biomes of earth found in three climate zones. The three climate zones are called tropical, temperate, and polar climate zones; and the six biomes of earth are deserts, grasslands, temperate deciduous forests, rainforests, taiga, and tundras....   [tags: Temperature, Regions, Environment]
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The Biomes of Earth - There are many types of biomes and there is also a good variety of ways to their classification. Rainforest, grassland, marine system, and freshwater system Grassland is mostly covered by grass. Moderately dry climate conditions and season disturbances, such as floods and fire are conductive to the growth of grasses and prohibitive of trees and shrubs. Grasslands are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions. There are a couple of types of grasslands. Plant life is susceptible to fires....   [tags: grassland, wetlands, rain forest] 698 words
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The Earth is Divided into Biomes - Introduction The earth is divided climatically and geographically into specific areas where there are similarities in communities of vegetation, organisms and animals. These ecosystems are often referred to as biomes. Differences in biomes usually consists of identifiable plant structures where there is a specific pattern of ecological activity. Biomes are also major types of habitats for different types of organisms and animals. The following paper will explore two different biomes: Boreal Forest and the Tropical Rainforest....   [tags: ecosystems, habitats, environment] 1209 words
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Tropical Rainforest Biomes - Tropical rainforests have been around for approximately 400 million years (Knight, 2004: para.1), they inhibit about 50% of all the living things on Earth including flora and fauna (RFUS, 2014: para.2). They also produce 40% of the Earth’s oxygen (Schaffner, 2010: para.3), although these rainforests only take up 6-7% of the Earth’s land surface; they are referred as ‘The Lungs of the Earth’ (SYW, 2010: para.2) Location Tropical rainforests are found in the area between the Tropic of Cancer (23.5° N latitude) and the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5° S latitude) (EL 2014: para.1)....   [tags: climate, fauna, oxygen]
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Tundra: The Coldest and Harshest Biomes of the World - ... One of the major problem is Global Warming. Global warming is the greatest challenge facing our planet. It is one of the widely discussed topics because global warming is a threat to all living things on Earth. The animals and people in the arctic are already experiencing this. The earth’s temperature dramatically increased during the past 50 years and now, ice caps are melting which will lead to sea level rise. Thirty years ago, ice covered half of the Arctic but in 2008, the ice covered less than 30 percent of the area....   [tags: carbon dioxide, global warming] 554 words
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Biomes as Units of the Biosphere - Merriam-Webster dictionary defines biosphere as “the part of the world in which life can exist.” There are 2.1 million catalogued species known to exist and some scientist estimate as much as 100 million might exist. Each of these species has adapted to life in a particular part of the biosphere. These particular parts are called ecosystems. Since there is a large jump between the biosphere and ecosystems scientists have divided the biosphere into biomes. In doing research about biomes, it seems that different scientists have different ideas about biomes....   [tags: essays research papers] 1910 words
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Biomes - Tundra is the coldest of all the biomes. Tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless plain. It is noted for its frost-molded landscapes, extremely low temperatures, little precipitation, poor nutrients, and short growing seasons. Dead organic material functions as a nutrient pool. The two major nutrients are nitrogen and phosphorus. Nitrogen is created by biological fixation, and phosphorus is created by precipitation. Tundra is separated into two types: arctic tundra and alpine tundra....   [tags: essays research papers] 539 words
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The Desert Biome: One of the Most Interesting Biomes on Earth - The desert biome is one of the most interesting biomes on earth. An area of land is considered a desert when it produces less than 10 inches of rainfall throughout the year. There are many different types of deserts in the world, with a very diverse group of plants and animals. It has temperatures that are generally hot during the day, and cold at night. A desert is a region so arid due to little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all. There are many different types of deserts including Trade wind deserts, Midlatitude deserts, Rain shadow deserts, and many more....   [tags: large ecological areas, not ecosystem]
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Diverse Australian Biomes Adapting - Diverse Australian Biomes Adapting Australia is a land of rather extreme weather conditions and widely diverse climates that force the vegetation living there to adapt in many interesting ways. Australia is the driest continent, and biomes such as grasslands and savannas are prime sources of widespread catastrophic fires. The plants that grow in the vast arid and semi-arid regions of Australia are prone to fires simply because of the desert climates that they grow in. High temperatures combined with low fuel moisture contents, little humidity and drying winds that sweep across the landscape encourage many of the plants living in these areas to burst into flames at fairly frequent intervals...   [tags: Adaptation Australia Essays]
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Productivity Improvement in Screw Type Biomas Briquettes Manufacturing by Planning Downtime - ... The heating process is needed to eliminate moisture and volatile matters and to melt the lignin content in the raw material which acts like a binder. The quality of briquettes produced justifies the use of skilled labor. Due to high wear rate of screw and mould particularly the screw which have very short life about 4 to 15 hrs [10] there are regular stoppages of production, reconstruction of tools and wastage of output.Research works are going on all over the world in designing compact briquetting machines, producing smaller diameter (35mm) briquettes [11] to make it suitable for gasification, improving the life of screw, using waste briquettes to heat the raw material and mould and to...   [tags: power, applications, densification]
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Deforestation of the Rainforest - Rainforest biomes are characterized by high rainfall of 1750-2000 mm (68-78 inches) annually. They have tall, dense jungles because of competition for sunlight. Rainforests are often found in tropical climates (regions between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer) and they are home to the majority of the world’s species. They contain one-half to two-thirds of the world’s surface (Lindsey Rebecca). The climate of rainforest biomes is very hot and humid. There are two types of rainforests: tropical and temperate....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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The Cultivation of Rice Has an Enormous Impact on the Natural Biome - ... The main characteristic of a tropical rainforest are: • Average rainfall of 50 to 260 inches of per year • average maximum and minimum temperatures of 34oC and 20oC • Humidity between 77 to 88% • 70% of plants are trees • Most of the trees have straight trunks with thin smooth bark with branches that don’t branch out until around 100feet The main characteristics of a temperate deciduous forest are: • Distinctive seasons • Average temperature around 10oC but in winter temperatures may go below freezing • Average rainfall 30 to 60 inches per year • Deciduous trees • Have very fertile soil perfect for agriculture It’s the large amount of rain and constant temperature that makes these...   [tags: environmental issues, tropical rainforests]
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Microbial Desalination Cells - ... I will use a ruler to measure the location of the mark and then make a mark at exactly the same location on one of the roughened sides of each of the other two plastic containers. The ruler will be used to measure the outer diameter of the aquarium pump tubing. I will then drill a hole 2 millimeters (mm) in diameter on top of three of the plastic container lids. In one of the lids, I will dill another hole the same diameter as the plastic tubing of the aquarium air pump next to the first hole....   [tags: seawater, electricity from biomas] 1279 words
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Adaptation and The Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection - Adaptation and Natural Selection In Merriam-Webster Dictionary, adaptation is defined as a “modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment.” Also, natuaral selection is defined, “a natural process that results in the survival and reproductive success of individuals or groups best adjusted to their environment and that leads to the perpetuation of genetic qualities best suited to that particular environment.” As each species will have an evolution die off without an adaptation that assists in its survival, only those with the adaptation will be left....   [tags: charles darwin, alfred walace]
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The Mallee Region of Victoria - ... HOW IS THE PRODUCE GROWN IN THE MALLEE EFFECTED BY LOW RAINFALL Whilst the majority of products grown in this area are transported Sheep and, to a lesser degree, cows are the most dominant meats grown in the Mallee. The section of the Murray River which is located in the Mallee area supports a large amount of the state’s agricultural production. Environmental Damage: The Mallee and some of its surrounding areas are becoming greatly affected by salinity. This is caused by clearing native trees from the area for agricultural purposes....   [tags: location and contents, Australia]
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We Must Protect Africa - Africa is the second largest continent in the world behind Asia. While Africa is known for having many species of animals, it is also known for eight major physical regions according to Margery G: “The Sahara, the Swahill Coast, the rain forest, the African Great Lakes, and Southern Africa” (7). Probably one of the most known desserts in the world is in Africa which is the Sahara. Sahara is the 3rd largest desert in the world and in addition, it is the hottest desert. Just so everyone has an idea of how big the Sahara is, if it is being compared to another country, the Sahara will be bigger than Brazil, in South America....   [tags: geography, savanna]
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Discussion of a biome using specific information about precipitation patterns, plants, animals, and general locations - QUESTIONS: 1. What biome did you choose to research and study. My choice for study and research was the desert. 2. Describe your biome using specific information about precipitation patterns, plants, animals, and general locations. (you can include pictures) A desert is the driest of all the biomes, receiving, on average, less than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's land surface and can be classified as hot and dry or cold deserts. The hot and dry deserts are located near the Southern or Northern Tropic, and, just as their name suggests, can receive extreme temperatures of 43-49°C during day and usually have very little rainfall and/or con...   [tags: Geography, Biodiversity] 1354 words
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Food Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo - ... Tropical rainforests exist in central and northern parts of DR Congo, while the moist savannah mainly exists in the southern parts of DR Congo (United Nations Environment Programme, 2012). Tropical rainforests are normally hot and humid and have a lot of rainfall (Stockton, 2014). Savannahs normally have warm summers and cool winters. Summer is when this biome receives most rainfall; as winter is normally dry (Stockton, 2014). Both these biomes are great for agriculture as they both have rich, fertile soil....   [tags: poverty, population, climate] 859 words
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Wildlife and Conservation Efforts in Africa - The dynamic natural environment and abundant wildlife are the most prominent features of the African continent. Due to its wide variety of biomes ranging from tropical forests to arid deserts, Africa consists of bountiful wildlife diversity. However, because of environmentally harmful human interactions, the variety of biomes is shrinking to all-time lows, which causes wildlife to die out. These detrimental human interactions, particularly livestock overgrazing and desertification, occur partly because the native people who depend on the land for daily life do not realize the potential benefits of wildlife and the unsustainability of their current ways....   [tags: Wildlife Conservation]
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Deforestation of The Rainforests - Rainforest Deforestation The intensity of the beauty of the rainforest is indescribable and timeless, and cannot be simply captured by a photograph. It’s one of nature’s most mystical biological treasures, created over millions of years. However, the rainforest is far from just being a beautiful refuge for exotic animals because also rainforests have a profound effect on the lives of humans around the world. Most people are simply not educated about deforestation and the distinct characteristics that rainforests possess which are vital to our existence....   [tags: Deforestation Essays]
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The Importance of Rainforests - Most of us know what rainforests are, and how they can benefit us. But, only few of us know what rainforest do, and how they are most important to Earth. There are two types of rainforests; tropical and temperate rainforest. Tropical rainforest are known mostly for its rich evergreen vegetation. Also, being a home for over 50 percent of the Earth’s living species. Even though, it holds about 7 percent of landmass on Earth. A Tropical Rainforest is a broad leaved evergreen forest, which has high rainfall....   [tags: environment, biome, biodiversity]
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Agriculture in South Africa - Introduction South Africa has proven on several occasions being a powerhouse when it comes to agricultural activities, but being a water scarce country this has not been an easy road but yet it’s a road travelled daily. South Africa covers 1.2million square kilometers of land and has seven climatic regions, ranging from Mediterranean to subtropical and semi-desert. With the country growing by about 2% annually either food production needs to increase as well or food imports should increase, but if production needs to increase this will need to be done by using the same amount of resources or possibly even less (Colin, 2014)....   [tags: Crops, Soil, Water] 1731 words
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The Red Panda - It’s a cat, it’s a panda, its a raccoon., its the red panda. The red Panda is a cute furry animal with a feisty look in its eye. The Red Panda is related to the Giant Panda and looks and has similar characteristics to the street raccoon. The scientific name for the Red Panda in Ailurus fulgens. Red Pandas are endangered creatures with their habitats slowly disappearing. Red Pandas have similar characteristics to raccoons. Red Pandas don’t eat very much for their size. Physical Description Red Pandas are very much like raccoons, they are very peaceful creatures too....   [tags: animals, ailurus fulgens]
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Biodiversity of the Aquatic Biome - The first reason we chose to work on aquatic biome is because one its the biggest out of all of them because it covers up most of the world. The second reason is because a lot of people like fishes and the pretty sites that happen underwater. Water is the common link among all of the biomes. The aquatic biome can be broken down into two basic regions freshwater and marine. In the aquatic biome there are many things to discover like the aquatic animals and coral reefs. Freshwater is defined as having a low salt concentration....   [tags: water, freshwater, merine, aquaculture] 589 words
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Week 1 in Ecology Class - Hello Class, In Week 1, we studied environmental science and ecosystems and discussed the importance of environmental health. Your understanding will be deepened through building a firm foundation based on chemistry, energy flow through ecosystems, and physical laws governing matter.You will learn that environmental science is the lens through which multiple disciplines gain understanding about Earth’s ecosystems and how human behavior affects natural systems. The interface between humans and the natural world is the focus of environmental science....   [tags: environmental, economic, ecosystems, science] 515 words
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Composition of an Estuary Ecosystem - Estuary Ecosystem What is the Estuary. Estuary is a partially enclosed body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the salty sea water” as noted by (Biomes (n.d). The Estuary is part of the Marine Ecosystem (ocean and lakes) it is believed that the Estuary is the part of the bay where fresh water mix with saltwater rivers once this mixture takes place it is consider to be brackish water that is not as salty as ocean water. Furthermore estuary ecosystem is along the coast thousands birds, fish, mammals, plant life , and other animals seek habitation in the estuary ecosystem although there are rapid fluctuation in temperatures from hot to...   [tags: marine, organisms, destruction] 562 words
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Temperate Deciduous Forest - Temperate Deciduous Forest Geographical location- The Temperate Deciduous Forest is 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south of the equator. This climate can be found in the north in North America, Europe and Asia. In the south, the climate can be found with South America, Australia, and Africa. Climate facts- the average temperature is 50 degrees (24 degrees celsius) and its high is 86 degrees, this factor depends on the altitude of the forest. The temperate deciduous forest receives an average yearly precipitation of 2 to 5 feet, and the humidity of the forest is 60% to 80%....   [tags: essays research papers] 358 words
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A Career in Geograpy - ... It is important to identify and understand the interconnecting aspects of the world around us and apply such knowledge towards a more sustainable future. Geography isn’t just the study of issues that are facing use today, it is also a gateway to appropriate and constructive solutions. IB Geography has thoroughly depicted the fact that geography is an integrative subject that ties in social, environmental and economic factors. This course has further enhanced my understanding of patterns and changes occurring and to evaluate solutions through a balanced manner on a local and global scale....   [tags: geographical theory, environmental protection] 519 words
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Feedback Effects of Soil Carbon Cycling in Northern Ecosystems - Feedback Effects of Soil Carbon Cycling in Northern Ecosystems Global warming will be greatest in mid-continental North America and Eurasia, where temperatures are predicted to increase 4 - 12_C during the winter and 2 - 6_ C in summer (Kasischke et. al, 1995). This warming will shift the boreal forest, bog, and tundra biomes that dominate these areas northward as much as 500 km in the first hundred years of warming (Toward...1988, qtd. in Varallyay, 1990). Alaskan studies indicate that these changes are already influencing ecosystem function and carbon balance in northern ecosystems (Grulke et al....   [tags: Science Chemistry Essays]
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Global Warming - The debate on the issue of Global Warming is fiery hot. There are many skeptics who do not believe in the existence of Global Warming. However, there is validity in the theory that Global Warming is real. The fact is that Global Warming is real and it is here. There is more than enough evidence to assure the existence and the disastrous effects of Global Warming. The Earth and its inhabitants continue to suffer the consequences every day. There are critics which try their hardest to deny the fact that Global Warming is a true issue to be concerned about....   [tags: debate, carbon dioxide, pollution]
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Tropical Rainforests but Were Afraid to Ask - ... Approximately 59 percent of the total carbon pools in the vegetation as sugars and starches; 27 percent of the carbon pools in soil. All of the aforementioned factors of climate, soils, and such attribute to the plant and animal diversity present in these regions (citation). There is a broad range of vegetation, also known as flora in the rainforest ranging from trees, shrubs, lianas, epiphytes, and miscellaneous other herbaceous plants. A couple examples of dominant tree species are palms and ficus, and conifers - on which many epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids inhabit....   [tags: natural habitats, ecosystems ]
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Neanderthal Origin, Behavior, and the Characteristics that Compare and Differentiate Them from Homo Sapiens - ... Some components of the skull are thought to be developmentally modifiable to some extent, and therefore, these parts may be subject to the influence of the environment. (Harvati and Weaver 2006). Neanderthals are strongly distinguished from modern humans by a wide range of cranial and post-cranial characteristics (Tattersall and Schwartz 1999). Differences in cranial morphology that distinguish H. neanderthalensis from H. sapiens include the hafting of the face with a long, low vault with relatively thick bone; the face is large and protruding; a large nasal aperture and fossa and a receding zygomatic arch; a distinct double-arched and a rounded supraorbital torus (the forehead ridge rig...   [tags: late Pleistocene era, similarities, tools]
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Palm Oil Industry and Its Effects on the Indigenous Pleople of Ecuador - Rainforests are the most diverse biomes on the earth. The rainforest house many different species and support the lives of the indigenous tribes who depend on the forests for habitat, food, and way of life. The palm oil companies are spreading to many parts of the world, taking out regions of the forest in order to make room for their palm oil plantations. Palm oil is found in 50% of products we use every day from items like shampoo and conditioner to the food we eat (Rainforest Rescue 2013). If the rain forests are fragmented too much, not only will it cause the species to possibly go extinct but it will cause issues with tribes like the Waorani, who are nomadic and depend on the forest for...   [tags: rainforest, waorani, environment, poverty]
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Invasive Alien Species: Disrupting and Changing the Normal Ecological Functions - Introduction Invasive alien species are disrupting and changing the normal ecological functions of biomes, ecosystems, and the biosphere as a whole (CBD, 2009). They are a threat to biodiversity and can cause damage to, or even eradicate native species which natural cycles and other organisms depend on. While disrupting energy flow, food chains, and shaking the structure of ecosystems to the core, invasive species create not only ecological, but also a whole host of social, economic, and health issues that affect the livelihood of almost every organism on earth, including humans (CBD, 2009)....   [tags: dominance of a foreign species, ecological issues]
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Similarities and Differences between Three Locations: Sacramento, Ausitn and Augusta - Physical characteristics vary on every location of this planet. In order to understand this planet, an assessment of different environmental aspects needs to occur to understand these variations. The purpose of this lab report is to evaluate the similarities and differences between three locations: Sacramento, CA; Austin, TX; and Augusta, ME. In order to thoroughly examine these similarities and differences, an examination will be made on Earth-sun relationships, water balance budgets, climate patterns, vegetation, as well as landform development....   [tags: physical characteristics] 1682 words
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Oceans: The Importance of Preserving this Delicate Marine Environment - The Oceans are the most diverse biomes in the world, for they cover 71% of the planet. Life in the ocean evolved 3 billion years prior than land, and it still has over ¾ of all the habitats on Earth. Humans have always posed threats to the delicate marine environment, yet it still is thriving. Without the marine biome humans and other animals alike would not be in existence, for evolution of the first life would never have occurred, and we would not have a strong enough atmosphere to support life....   [tags: environment, oceanography]
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The Arctic Tundra: Home to the Polar Bears - The Arctic tundra, a vast plain of ice and water, is located on the northern poles of the Earth. Characterized by its low precipitation, minimum sunlight, and a layer of permafrost- a thick layer of ice that never thaws away- this biome is very cold, with temperatures as low as negative 70oC. One specific population that has adapted to this harsh environment is the polar bears. The Arctic tundra’s extreme temperatures have caused species, specifically polar bears, to adapt to it. Polar bears feed on animals that live underwater; therefore, they are extremely strong swimmers....   [tags: Trichinella, Harsh Environments]
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The Economics of Sugarcane Monoculture the Amapa Rainforest - There is great potential for economic growth in the agricultural and agri-industrial sectors In Amapa due to the massive rainforest covering 81 percent of the state (Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, 2013). In total, the entire Amazonian rainforest contributes 8 percent towards Brazilian GDP (Homma, Alves, Franco, Pena & , 2012). “The state has an important forest-based economic sector, extracting both timber and non-timber products (including açai, Brazil nuts, and cipó titica)” (Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, 2013)....   [tags: Amapa Rainforest]
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Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub Field Investigation Make-up - ... Because many of the consumers are displaced during the fires these wild flowers, also called perennials, grow freely. This can go on for about a few years, until the previous plants begin to sprout and grow back. Chaparral plants are able to regrow very quickly and encroach over the area of the flowers. This is necessary for the stability of that environment and ensures future success. The flowers from the flowers are trapped in the soil and are released next time there is a fire. This entire process is called secondary succession....   [tags: plant communities]
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The Life and Climate of a Tropical Rainforest - What is a tropical rain forest. A tropical rainforest is an ecosystem that is anywhere near the equator. These areas are located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. A tropical rainforests experience high average temperatures and high amounts of rain fall. Tropical rainforests are divided into three parts. The uppermost part is the canopy. This is the layer with the tallest tress. Trees in this climate can reach up to 240 feet (blueplanetbiomes.com). The next layer is the lower canopy....   [tags: temperature, trees, frogs] 844 words
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The Causes and Consequences of Climate Change - The planet Earth goes through cycles in every aspect of its environment from temperature, to water levels, to levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. There has always been a limit to the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The Earth is like a human body. If a human does not take care of their body through healthy eating and workouts, they become unhealthy and may have health problems. As with Earth, if Earth takes in more heat than it can let out, or vice versa, there will be global climate changes....   [tags: Global Warming Essays]
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Impacts of Rainforests on Global Climate Change - Introduction Imagine a rainforest with misty, lush canopies creating a vibrant green carpet over sloping valleys; sunlight dances down along the leaves, branches, and trunks until it is only a rare glow in the dense, dimlit undergrowth. The forest is alive with the heat and humidity, with the cacophony of birds, the chattering of primates and monkeys, and the hum of insects all foraging through the greenery. This is an idealistic rainforest, still unspoiled by man’s industry, the desire for conquest and dominion still held at bay while the living things grow and die in a perpetual cycle of survival....   [tags: human activities, habitat, deforestation]
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Taking a Look at the Taiga Biome - Introduction/General information The Taiga is a biome that originates from Northern Russia that means or describes a cool large land with many conifers. Upper North America, Northern Europe and Northern Asia all are mostly Taiga. It is the largest biome and contains mostly conifers but does not have that many animals. The climate is mostly very cold and snowy in the winter and warm in the summer while fall and spring are just transition seasons. Plants Plants in the Taiga are important because the majority of the land is dense conifers....   [tags: Northern Russian territories]
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Description of a Climate Change Analyst Career - A Climate Change Analyst, also known as C.C.A., is a person that use existing climate data to create mathematical models of what will happen to ocean and land temperatures in the next 50 years. They identify the environmental impacts of existing policies. They propose policies related to alternative fuels & other factors related to climate change. They also research and evaluate climate data so they can determine how shifts in the climate affect natural resources, animals, & civilizations. They use the information to make helpful suggestions about what individuals & governments can do to ensure a higher-quality life for everyone in the face of a changing environment....   [tags: climate change, climate data, climate analyst] 718 words
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The Ecological Impacts of Feral Swine - Like most nonnative, invasive species, feral swine (Sus scrofa) in the United States has an increasingly negative impact on native plants. If left unchecked, feral swine will become responsible for the permanent destruction of many plant communities as well as endangering native plant populations. Nonnative species can also be called alien, exotic, or nonindigenous. Their presence is due to humans dispersing them to other locations beside their native habitat, or by humans creating environmental conditions that allow their growth....   [tags: Feral Hogs, Plant Communities]
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The Functions of the Gut Microbiota - The essential gut microbiota, which includes members of the three domains of life- bacteria, archaea, and eukarya- is one of the most densely populated biomes and plays a crucial role in supplying nourishment, monitoring epithelial development, governing innate immunity and preserving the balance of the intestinal mucosa. Since bacteria dominate this biome, identification of microbes on the basis of small subunit (16S) ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequences has drastically helped to reveal the gut’s composition (1,2)....   [tags: Role in Health, Homeostasis]
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The Human Effect on Coral Reefs - ... Coral bleaching is describe to be a stress condition that occurs among the coral reefs. Coral bleaching involves a breakdown of mutual relationships between corals and unicellular algae known as zooxanthellae. The most common symptom of bleaching is when the coral turns completely white. The cause of coral turning white is when water temperature becomes warmer which results in coral releasing the algae (zooxanthellae) that lives in the tissues. When a coral bleaches, initially they are not dead and able to survive the conditions of bleaching....   [tags: marine biology, environmental issues]
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Save the Earth and Save Life - ... The melting of arctic ice and spread of the ice water caused by global warming will lead to the rise of sea level. People like Maldives islanders will hopelessly lose their homes and countries when sea water horribly overflows and covers all the land if global warming is not prevented. With the information provided by Environment news service, “In the Lunana region of Bhutan on October 7, 1994, the glacial lake Luggye Tsho burst. The ensuing GLOF, which contained an estimated 18 million cubic meters of water, debris and trees, swept downstream killing more than 20 people, and traveled over 204 kilometers” (Lorenz)....   [tags: global warming, environmental issues]
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Brazil: The Land of Happiness - Brazil, also known as The Land of Happiness, is one of the most diverse countries in the world, both in its people and its geography. This exotic country has a rich history stretching from prehistoric times through a minorly turbulent colonization period to what is now a thriving modern culture. Brazil boasts what many people consider to be one of the most varied and interesting geographies on the planet. As is typical for the South American continent, Brazil is home to a largely patriarchal society....   [tags: South American countries] 1351 words
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Estuaries- Nature's Water Blender - Seffen and Moravichik introduce estuaries by explaining the way the freshwater from rivers flow to the sea and mix with the saltwater. Estuaries are Nature’s water blender because in coastal regions the freshwater from rivers meets the salt water of the ocean and are mixed in several different ways. The diverse mixture of salt water to fresh water creates different habitats with a complex ecosystem. Estuaries are important to the environment as well as the economy. Estuaries have very different temperatures and precipitation averages because of the different regions where they can be found....   [tags: Steffen, Moravichik, Freshwater, Rivers]
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What´s a Tropical Rainforest - Tropical Rainforest: A tropical rainforest is a humid, moist biome located near the Earth’s equator, with the world’s largest rainforest being in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Rainforests collect from 60 to 160 inches of rainfall throughout the year, with the constant humidity and moisture within the rainforest creates the perfect biome for tropical condition thriving plants and animals. One of the world’s best environments for biodiversity are the tropical rainforests, they contain 15 million species of plants and animals....   [tags: biodiversity, animals, deciduous forest] 1099 words
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The Components of the Ocean Biome - The Components of the Ocean Biome A biome, also known as life zones, consists of all plants, animals, and other organisms, as well the physical enviorment in a particular area. A biome is characterized by its plant life, climate, and location. The climate and physical features determine the boundaries of a biome. A biome is made up of many different ecosystems. The ecosystems tend to have the same plants and animals as neighboring biomes around the boundaries. The oceans and seas form the marine biome, the world's largest biome....   [tags: Papers] 415 words
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Temperate Forest Biome - The forest a tranquil, peaceful, and relaxing place; what makes a forest these things. Temperate forests are made of many living and nonliving things. By combining these factors the temperate forest biome is made. Temperate forests are not just a boring thing that never moves, they are a thriving landscape given to extensive life that rejuvenates the planet daily. The forest biome is known worldwide. Our own backyards are part of this biome. Temperate forests are located on every continent except Antarctica and Africa....   [tags: Forest Biodiversity]
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Helping Brazil - Helping Brazil The tropical rainforests of South America, Africa, Asia and the north of Australia are all distributed evenly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The Equator run through some of these rainforests and is also close to some of them. The map below illustrates all the rainforests in the world. The tropical rainforests of the world are all global ecosystems....   [tags: Papers] 1918 words
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Polar Bears - Polar Bear is the name for a white bear found on the icy sea of the Arctic throughout the North Polar basin. Being the only bear considered being marine, it is longer than other bears and streamlined for aquatic life. It has the “plantigrade” feet (heel and sole touching the ground) which are typical in all bears, with five sharp, claws on each foot for grasping at the ice and holding its prey. Long hair between the pads protects the bear's feet from the cold and provides traction on the ice so he doesn’t slip....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Formation and Organization of the Athalassic Salt Lakes of Australia - Formation and Organization of the Athalassic Salt Lakes of Australia Preface Upon my acceptance to the Biomes of Australia 2003 program – a biologically-oriented summer experience in the “Land Down Under” that, for the 6th consecutive year, has been organized by Dr. Warren Dolphin of Iowa State University – I was presented with the task of writing a research paper on an aspect of the Australian landscape. Anxious to apply my new knowledge of geomorphology and desiring to investigate an ecosystem from the holistic perspective of an environmental scientist, I settled upon investigating the formative elements of athalassic (inland) salt lakes and how they determine the ecological structure of...   [tags: Geology Research Papers]
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Cutting Down the Brazilian Rainforest Is Wrong - Cutting down the Brazilian rainforest is not a morally just thing to do. Not only does leave the soil sterile and cut the land used for crops’ life in half, but it also eliminates the opportunity for new medicines to be found, new plants to use for treatment in the medical field, and petroleum substitutes to be collected and used, just to name a few. In addition, the presence of the rainforest helps protect us from global warming and keeps some of the rarest and beneficial animals and their homes alive....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Physics of Sea Ice - Sea ice is frozen sea water. Salt ions in the water complicate the growth of ice crystals, and makes sea ice much more dynamic than freshwater ice. Sea ice covers nearly 7% of the Earth's surface, has a huge effect on global climate, and is one of the largest, single biomes on Earth. Ice is the solid, crystalline form of water, which solidifies at 0ºC. Roughly 9 polymorphs of ice are defined, only one, however, occurs naturally on Earth. This common form of ice is known as ice 1h, and its lattice displays six-fold rotational symmetry....   [tags: physice ice sea] 872 words
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Horticultural Devolution - When people are ignorant to the ways of growing their own food they will be helpless when tragedy strikes. “In total, 31 percent of all U.S. households … participated in food gardening in 2008.” (NGA 6). If nuclear fallout or a natural disaster were to occur, it seems as though, the remaining 69 percent of households would starve to death. As society evolves into consuming fast food and relying on grocery stores to provide sustenance; people become unstable, unhealthy and unable to provide for their own families....   [tags: Horticulture]
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Taiga Biome - The Taiga Biome is a large, naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major part of both Siberia and North America. It is usually found at high elevations at more temperate latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the largest terrestrial biome on earth, covering around 50 million acres of land (NP, UC Santa Barbara). It is known for its subarctic climate that ranges between -51 to -1 °C in the winter and -21 to 7 °C in the summer. The two main season found in the taiga are summer and winter as autumn and spring are usually very short and barely noticeable....   [tags: flora, fauna, forest, climate, logging, mining]
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Authoritarian Capitalism - It a commonly held belief from developed nations that a democratic system is the best way to function as a country and maintain an economy. However, Democracy is not unanimously the best system of government for every nation. As political scientist Samuel P. Huntington observed, democracy has not always been the go-to governmental systemi. Not only can an authoritarian system maintain high economic growth, but also outperform its democratic counterparts. With reference to the growth patterns that developing nations tend to follow before democratization, use of an authoritarian capitalism system has seen a reviving trend, specifically in China....   [tags: economic system, democratic system]
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Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Energy Nuclear energy-This is energy that binds together components of an atomic nucleus. This is made by the process of nuclear fission. Nuclear fission is produced when an atomic atom is split. The way nuclear pore is made is in a nuclear reactor, this is most likely located in a nuclear power plant. the fission that is produced is when a heavy element splits in half or is halved into two smaller nuclei, the power of the fission is located by the rate of the splitting of the nuclei at once which causes watts of electricity to be forced into the energy type....   [tags: essays research papers] 1740 words
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Artifical Heart Can Save Lives - ... Robert’s grades, however, were too poor to attend a medical college in America so instead he attended the University of Bologna in Italy. Shortly after that, he switched to New York University where he received an M.L.A. in occupational biomechanics in the year 1971. After he attended college, Robert Jarvik later met his wife, Marilyn vos Savant, who is accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records to have the top IQ in the world. Together they have two children whose names are, Tyler Jarvik and Kate Jarvik....   [tags: Robert Jarvik, biomechanic, medical]
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Effective Communication in the Emergency Department: Implications on Patient Safety Culture - Communication is an essential and constant exchange of information between the patient and health professional with full understanding occurring on both camps (The Joint Commission, 2010, p. 1). It is one of the major activities done by healthcare staff across diverse settings (Redfern, Brown, & Vincent, 2009). Research shows that communication breakdown is one, if not the leading cause, of medical errors (Kohn L., 1999). For instance, out of 258 malpractice claims which led to patient harm, nearly 25 % was due to failures in communication (Greenberg, Regenbogen, & Studdert, 2007)....   [tags: Healthcare ]
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