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1 LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT 17 TH MILLER/SPOOLMAN Chapter 7 Climate and Biodiversity

2 Three Major Climate Zones Fig. 7-1, p. 147 TropicalTemperate Polar

3 7-1 What Factors Influence Climate? Concept 7-1 Key factors that determine an area’s climate are incoming solar energy, the earth’s rotation, global patterns of air and water movement, gases in the atmosphere, and the earth’s surface features.

4 Fig. 7-2, p. 149 Generalized Map of the Earth’s Climate Zones

5 What causes the different ocean currents (gyres)? Uneven heating of the earth by the sun causes the equatorial areas to have an excess of heat, while the polar areas have a heat deficit. The ocean, working with the atmosphere, moves the heat poleward and the cold towards the equator to try to balance the temperature. Because of the rotation of the Earth and the Coriolis Effect, that movement becomes deflected, forming ocean gyres that turn clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

6 Fig. 7-2, p. 149 Polar (ice)Subarctic (snow)Cool temperateHighlandWarm ocean currentRiver Warm temperateDryTropicalMajor upwelling zonesCold ocean current Arctic Circle Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Capricorn Antarctic Circle

7 Slightly simpler version from NASA

8 Differing Climates Across the Earth Climate varies across the earth because of uneven distribution of heat and precipitation, caused by patterns of global air circulation: 1. Uneven heating of earth’s surface by the sun; 2. Rotation of earth on its axis, leading to prevailing winds; and 3. Convection cells—convection occurs when warm, wet air rises, then cools and releases heat and moisture as precipitation.

9 Fig. 7-3, p. 149 Global Air Circulation

10 Fig. 7-4, p. 150 Energy Transfer by Convection in the Atmosphere

11 Fig. 7-5, p. 150 Connected Deep and Shallow Ocean Currents

12 Warm, less salty, shallow current Cold, salty, deep current Figure 7.5: Connected deep and shallow ocean currents: A connected loop of shallow and deep ocean currents transports warm and cool water to various parts of the earth. This loop, which rises in some areas and falls in others, results when ocean water in the North Atlantic near Iceland is dense enough (because of its salt content and cold temperature) to sink to the ocean bottom, flow southward, and then move eastward to well up in the warmer Pacific. A shallower return current, aided by winds, then brings warmer, less salty, and thus less dense water to the Atlantic. This water then cools and sinks to begin this extremely slow cycle again.

13 The Earth Has Many Different Climates (3) El Niño-Southern Oscillation Every few years Prevailing winds in tropical Pacific Ocean change direction Affects much of earth’s weather for 1-2 years

14 Video: The Habitable Planet El Nino

15 Figure 4, Supplement 7 Normal and El Niño Conditions

16 Figure 5, Supplement 7 Impact of El Nino-Southern Oscillation

17 Greenhouse Gases Warm the Lower Atmosphere Greenhouse gases H 2 O CO 2 CH 4 N 2 O Natural greenhouse effect Gases keep earth habitable Human-enhanced global warming

18 Fig. 3-4, p. 57 Flow of Energy to and from the Earth

19 Earth’s Surface Features Affect Local Climates Differential heat absorption by land and water Land and sea breezes Rain shadow effect Most precipitation falls on the windward side of mountain ranges Deserts leeward Cities create microclimates

20 Fig. 7-6, p. 152 Rain Shadow Effect

21 7-2 How Does Climate Affect the Nature and Locations of Biomes? Concept 7-2 Differences in average annual precipitation and temperature lead to the formation of tropical, temperate, and cold deserts, grasslands, and forests, and largely determine their locations.

22 Climate Helps Determine Where Organisms Can Live Major biomes: large land regions with certain types of climate and dominant plant life Not uniform Mosaic of patches Latitude and elevation Annual precipitation Temperature

23 Fig. 7-7, p. 153 The Earth’s Major Biomes

24 Figure 3, Supplement 8 North America Biomes

25 Fig. 7-8, p. 153 Generalized Effects of Elevation and Latitude on Climate and Biomes

26 Fig. 7-9, p. 154 Natural Capital: Average Precipitation and Average Temperature as Limiting Factors

27 Figure 6, Supplement 8 Global Plant Biodiversity

28 Fig. 7-7, p. 153 Tropic of Cancer High mountains Equator Polar ice Arctic tundra (cold grassland) Temperate grassland Tropic of Capricorn Tropical grassland (savanna) Chaparral Coniferous forest Temperate deciduous forest Temperate rain forest Tropical rain forest Tropical dry forest Desert

29 There Are Three Major Types of Deserts 1.Tropical deserts 2.Temperate deserts 3.Cold deserts Fragile ecosystem Slow plant growth Low species diversity Slow nutrient recycling Lack of water

30 Fig. 7-10, p. 155 Climate Graphs of Three Types of Deserts

31 Figure 1, Supplement 6 Temperate Desert Ecosystem in North America

32 Science Focus: Staying Alive in the Desert Beat the heat/every drop of water counts Plant adaptations Succulents Deep tap roots Animal strategies and adaptations Physiology and anatomy Behavior

33 Fig. 7-A, p. 156 Wildflowers Bloom after Rain in Arizona

34 There Are Three Major Types of Grasslands (1) 1.Tropical 2.Temperate 3.Cold (arctic tundra)

35 Fig. 7-11, p. 157 Climate Graphs of Tropical, Temperate, and Cold Grasslands

36 Stepped Art Fig. 7-11, p. 157

37 There Are Three Major Types of Grasslands (2) Tropical Savanna Grazing animals Browsing animals Temperate Cold winters and hot and dry summers Tall-grass prairies Short-grass prairies Often converted to farmland

38 Figure 2, Supplement 6 Temperate Tall-Grass Prairie Ecosystem in North America

39 There Are Three Major Types of Grasslands (3) Arctic tundra: fragile biome Plants close to ground to conserve heat Most growth in short summer Animals have thick fur Permafrost Underground soil that stays frozen Alpine tundra: above tree line in mountains

40 Fig. 7-12, p. 158 Monoculture Crop Replacing Biologically Diverse Temperate Grassland

41 Temperate Shrubland: Nice Climate, Risky Place to Live Chaparral Near the sea: nice climate Prone to fires in the dry season

42 There Are Three Major Types of Forests (1) 1.Tropical 2.Temperate 3.Cold Northern coniferous and boreal

43 Fig. 7-13, p. 160 Climate Graphs of Tropical, Temperate, and Cold Forests

44 There Are Three Major Types of Forests (2) Tropical rain forests Temperature and moisture Stratification of specialized plant and animal niches Little wind: significance Rapid recycling of scarce soil nutrients Impact of human activities

45 Fig. 7-14, p. 161 Tropical Rain Forest Ecosystem

46 Fig. 7-15, p. 162 Niche Stratification in a Tropical Rain Forest

47 There Are Three Major Types of Forests (3) Temperate deciduous forests Temperature and moisture Broad-leaf trees Slow rate of decomposition: significance Impact of human activities

48 Figure 4, Supplement 6 Temperate Deciduous Forest Ecosystem in North America

49 There Are Three Major Types of Forests (4) Evergreen coniferous forests: boreal and taigas Temperature and moisture Few species of cone: bearing trees Slow decomposition: significance Coastal coniferous forest Temperate rain forests

50 Figure 5, Supplement 6 Evergreen Coniferous Forest Ecosystem in North America

51 Fig. 7-16, p. 163 Temperate Rain Forest in Washington State

52 Mountains Play Important Ecological Roles Majority of the world’s forests Islands of biodiversity Habitats for endemic species Help regulate the earth’s climate Major storehouses of water Role in hydrologic cycle

53 Fig. 7-17, p. 163 Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State

54 7-3 How Have We Affected the Word’s Terrestrial Ecosystems? Concept 7-3 In many areas, human activities are impairing ecological and economic services provided by the earth’s deserts, grasslands, forests, and mountains.

55 Humans Have Disturbed Most of the Earth’s Lands Deserts Grasslands Forests Mountains

56 Fig. 7-18, p. 165 Natural Capital Degradation Major Human Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems DesertsGrasslandsForestsMountains Large desert citiesConversion to cropland Clearing for agriculture, livestock grazing, timber, and urban development Agriculture Destruction of soil and underground habitat by off-road vehicles Timber and mineral extraction Release of CO 2 to atmosphere from burning grassland Conversion of diverse forests to tree plantations Hydroelectric dams and reservoirs Soil salinization from irrigation Increasing tourism Overgrazing by livestock Depletion of groundwater Damage from off- road vehicles Air pollution blowing in from urban areas and power plants Oil production and off-road vehicles in arctic tundra Soil damage from off-road vehicles Land disturbance and pollution from mineral extraction Pollution of forest streams Water supplies threatened by glacial melting

57 Three Big Ideas 1.Differences in climate, based mostly on long-term differences in average temperature and precipitation, largely determine the types and locations of the earth’s deserts, grasslands, and forests. 2.The earth’s terrestrial systems provide important ecological and economic services.

58 Three Big Ideas 3.Human activities are degrading and disrupting many of the ecological and economic services provided by the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems.


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