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Section 15.1 Life in the Earth System
The BIOSPHERE is the part of the Earth where life exists. #1
The biota is the collection of living things that live in the biosphere. #2
The biosphere is interconnected with three other spheres of the physical environment: the lithosphere (underground), the hydrosphere (underwater), and the atmosphere (in the air).
The hydrosphere includes all the Earth’s water, ice and water vapor. #3
The atmosphere is the air that blankets the solid and liquid portion of the biosphere. #4
The geoshere are the features of the Earth’s surface such as continents, rocks and the sea floor. #5
Section 14.2 Climate
Climate is the average long-term weather pattern of a region. #6
The biosphere is not spread out evenly over the planet. Different geological features and differing amounts of rainfall create different ecosystems with ponds, lakes, wood and grasslands distributed unevenly. This leads to “specialized” HABITATS or special environments where organisms live.
Organisms living in the same climate region may be exposed to different conditions created by shade, snow cover, or windbreaks. Such small-scale differences in climate result in a MICROCLIMATE, the climate in a specific area that varies from the surrounding climate region. #7
Abiotic factors that effect the habitats that organisms live in. SUNLIGHT-The sun provides light and warmth and is the energy source for almost all ecosystems on Earth. Sunlight powers photosynthesis by plants, the main producers in most terrestrial (land) ecosystems. WATER-Water is essential to all life on Earth. All organisms contain water—in fact, humans consist of nearly 70 percent water!
TEMPERATURE-Most life exists within a fairly narrow range of temperatures, from about 0°C to about 50°C. SOIL-is the product of abiotic forces (such as ice, rain, and wind) and the actions of living things (such as microorganisms, plants, and earthworms) on the rocks and minerals of Earth's crust. The structure and chemical makeup of soil and rock in an area affect the types of plants that grow there.
WIND-can affect the distribution and the activities of organisms in several ways. Wind moves clouds and rain over Earth's surface. Wind also stirs up water in ponds, lakes, and streams, creating currents that in turn bring up nutrients from the bottom. SEVERE DISTURBANCES-Major natural disturbances that affect ecosystems include fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, floods, and volcanic eruptions. Some disturbances, such as volcanic eruptions, are so infrequent that organisms have not acquired evolutionary adaptations to them. Other disturbances, such as fires, occur frequently in some communities.
Because the earth’s axis is not vertical and the earth is spherical, different locations on the earth receive different amounts of solar energy. The type of ecosystems found in a certain parts of the world are usually determined by the climate of the region—particularly the range of temperature and amount of rainfall. These abiotic factors influence the types of organisms that live in the region. Earth's climate patterns are largely produced by the uneven heating of the planet by the sun. #8
The Earth's surface can be divided into different temperature zones based on lines of latitude.
The uneven heating of Earth's surface by the sun is also a driving force behind global patterns of winds and precipitation (rain, snow, and sleet). When air is warmed it can absorb more moisture, and it also tends to rise. Thus air near the equator, heated by the direct rays of the sun, absorbs moisture and rises. Higher in the atmosphere the air cools again, forming clouds that produce rainfall. This pattern means that many areas of Earth close to the equator tend to have warm temperatures and heavy rainfall year-round.
The rising and falling of air masses, combined with Earth's rotation, produce predictable wind patterns. These wind patterns combine with the uneven heating of Earth's surface, the rotation of the Earth, and the shapes of the continents, producing surface currents. A current is a river-like flow pattern within a body of water.
The uneven heating of Earth's surface by the sun is also a driving force behind global patterns of winds and precipitation (rain, snow, and sleet). When air is warmed it can absorb more moisture, and it also tends to rise. Thus air near the equator, heated by the direct rays of the sun, absorbs moisture and rises. Higher in the atmosphere the air cools again, forming clouds that produce rainfall. After losing moisture over the equator, air masses spread away from the tropics. The rising and falling of air masses, combined with Earth's rotation, produce predictable wind patterns. These wind patterns combine with the uneven heating of Earth's surface, the rotation of the Earth, and the shapes of the continents, producing surface currents.
Section 15.3 Biomes
BIOMES are large geographical areas, controlled by climate and distinguished by distinct plants and animals. #9
Area found near the equator where it rains almost every day ( cm/year). The trees are very tall (70 meters) and provide a canopy that does not allow much light to the forest floor. There are large animals on the forest floor and many animals that live in the tree tops. Insects and spiders are very abundant. eg: monkeys, bats, sloth's, snakes, colorful birds etc. #11
#12 The uppermost branches of the trees in the rain forest form a covering or canopy that restricts 99% of the light from reaching the ground.
This biome occurs where there are long dry periods and short amounts of rain. There are scattered trees, but occasional fires prevent large tree growth. Prairie dogs, buffalo, coyotes and large numbers of insects inhabit the grasslands. #13
Savannas are found in the tropical regions of Africa, Australia, and South America. They are grasslands with scattered trees. Animals of the savanna such as zebras, wildebeest, antelope, and, kangaroos, as well as numerous insects. Savannas typically have a warm climate with alternating wet and dry seasons. The dry seasons may include long periods of drought, when no rain falls. #14
Temperate grasslands receive rain in the spring and early summer, then have long periods of draught. There are a lot of wild flowers and prairie dogs and insects.
The lack of water defines a desert. Usually, they are very hot, but they can be cold also. Deserts have less than 25 cm of rainfall per year. The plants that live in the desert are adapted to retain water when it does rain. The animals are adapted to not lose water. The cactus, snakes, Gila monster, lizards etc are examples of organisms found in a desert. #15
In forest biomes, trees are the dominate species Coniferous forests contain trees that do not loose their leaves Deciduous forests contain trees that loose their leaves in the fall #17
Coniferous forests contain trees that retain their needles (leaves) all year. Moss, lichens, ferns, Bald Eagles, porcupines, raccoons, brown bears, owls and hawks are found in the area.
These forest have trees that loose their leaves. These forest experience rainy seasons and cold winters. The summers may be very warm. The trees are deciduous and there is a large variety of birds and insects. Wolves, deer and bears are the large animals on the forest floor. #16
Temperate Deciduous Forests
The rain forest does not receive precipitation on a daily basis. There is usually a long rainy season followed by a relatively dry summer season. Red cedar, cattails, moss and lichens are common plants of the region. Black bears, raccoons, cougars and elk are common animals. #17
The taiga is found where winters are very long and cold. The summers are short and mild. The trees are conifers. Moose, elk and black bears are the large animals. Most of the smaller mammals and birds migrate during the winter months Taiga (boreal forest) #19
The tundra is very cold most of the year. The soil is frozen solid most of the year. There is a short summer when the top few inches warms and the snow melts. The plants are very short, mostly lichens, moss, grass and some small shrubs. The animals either migrate in the winter or hibernate. eg: caribou, reindeer, wolves. #20
The chaparral is an area where the winter months that have a rainy season and then experience droughts in the summer time. The plants in the area are adapted for long periods without water. Skunks, mice, deer, scrub oak, birds and insects are abundant. #21 Minor Biome
#21 Polar region receive less intensive solar radiation because the sun's energy arrives at an oblique angle, spreading over a larger area, and also travels a longer distance through the Earth's atmosphere in which it may be absorbed, scattered or reflected, which is the same thing that causes winters to be colder than the rest of the year in temperate areas. The polar zone are the areas of the globe surrounding the poles. The North Pole and South Pole are regions dominated by the polar ice caps, resting respectively on the Arctic Ocean and the continent of Antarctica.
Section 15.4 Marine Ecosystems
Oceans are large bodies of salt water. More than 250,000 known species live in ocean habitats. The ocean can be divided into different zones based on depth and on distance from shore. Whales, sharks, plankton, squid, and fish galore. #23
The area of shore between the high-tide and low-tide lines is called the intertidal zone. Pounded by waves during high tide and exposed to the sun and drying winds during low tide, benthic organisms in this zone must be well-adapted to survive these harsh conditions. #24
The area of the ocean from the low-tide line out to the edge of the continental shelf is the neritic zone. Since the ocean here is fairly shallow, some sunlight reaches the bottom in most of the neritic zone. As a result, many organisms that require light for photosynthesis can live in this zone, including seaweeds and phytoplankton. Most coral reefs are also found in the neritic zone. Swimming animals include sea turtles, fish, and marine mammals such as seals. #25
The bathyal zone extends from the edge of the neritic zone to the base of the continental shelf; 200 to 2000 meters deep. This would be “murky” water with fish adapted to intense pressure and burrowing organisms.
The abyssal zone lies 2000 meters below the surface in complete darkness. Chemosynthetic organisms live in this zone.
Giant tube worms live around deep-sea hydrothermal vents. These spots on the ocean floor, hot gases and minerals escape from Earth's interior into the water. No sunlight reaches this deep, dark zone. The vent communities use the chemical energy from Earth's interior as their energy source.
Plankton are tiny free-floating organisms that live in water. Zooplankton are animal-like plankton Phytoplankton are photosynthetic plankton #26 & #27
Coral reefs are a visually spectacular and biologically diverse ecosystem—the marine equivalent of tropical rain forests. More than one of every four marine species inhabits a coral reef. All the invertebrate phyla are found on coral reefs, including sponges, sea anemones, worms, sea stars, and mollusks. Vertebrates such as sea turtles and fishes also roam the reefs. Most reefs are formed by colonies of coral polyps, animals that secrete hard external skeletons. These skeletons form the stone like bases. #28
KELP FORESTS are forests of seaweed that grow in cold nutrient rich waters. These kelp grow to from the ocean floor to 100 feet. Many marine species live in these kelp forests. Found off the coast of California. #29
Section 15.5 Estuaries and Freshwater Ecosystems
Streams and rivers merge with ocean water in areas known as estuaries. Estuary organisms experience changes in salt concentration and temperature as the fresh water and salt water mix. #30
Freshwater ecosystems include water bodies with very little dissolved salt, such as most ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers. Ponds and lakes are standing (not flowing) bodies of water. Lakes and large ponds are divided into zones based on water depth and distance from shore. Rivers and streams have flowing water
A watershed is a region that drains into a river, a river system or other body of water #31
A river is a natural waterway of freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river. A stream is a body of water with a current, confined within a bed and stream banks. A lake is a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake. A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is usually smaller than a lake. #33
The shallow water close to shore and the upper zone of water away from shore make up the littoral zone, because light is available for photosynthesis. Phytoplankton and cyanobacteria carry out photosynthesis. The open water of a lake farther from shore is called the limnetic zone. #34
The bottom of any aquatic ecosystem is called the benthic zone. The benthic zone consists of rock, sand, and sediment. The organisms of deep (aphotic) benthic areas feed on wastes that sink down from the photic zone. #38 The benthic community may include mollusks, sponges, crustaceans, and worms that feed on sinking wastes and remains.