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9/6 Environmental Bio notes

by: Michelle Le

9/6 Environmental Bio notes Bio 105

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These notes start module 2. The main concept is ecology with ecosystems/biomes. Key terms are abiotic and biotic factors. Dictionary helped with my own definitions. All credits go to Elizabeth Thom...
Environmental biology
Elizabeth Thomas
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Environment, biomes, Environmental Ecology, Ecology, ecosystems
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Date Created: 09/06/16
9/6/16 Notes Environmental Bio Ecology Ecology­ the scientific study of interactions amongst living things and or organisms that help  each other out within their environment. ~Ecology goes beyond study of biology since chemistry can be involved ­Ecosystems characteristics ~Dynamic ~Leaky  ~Unclear boundaries ~Can be big or very small area wise Abiotic/Biotic ­Main factors are of ecology are abiotic and biotic ­Biotic factors are all the living things and or living organisms. Biotic factors are physical.  ­Abiotic factors are all non­living and these factors are not physical. EX’s: temperature, sunlight. ­Interactions with abiotic/biotic AbioticBiotic AbioticBioticBiotic (very common) BioticAbioticBiotic  ~Biotic factors can help abiotic factor ­Abiotic Components of Ecosystems ­Sunlight ­Wind ­Temperature ­Precipitation(rain) ­Nutrients (Calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen, etc) ­Sunlight varies due to… ­Latitude: the angular distance of north or south towards the earth’s equator. Expressed in  degrees and minutes ­Seasons ­Covering clouds ­Vegetation: Plants that are found in a particular area ­Temperature varies on earth due to… ­Latitude due to sunlight ­Biomes on earth Polar Ice­Tundra­Coniferous Forest­Northern deciduous Forest­Tropical rainforest ~Altitude goes up with biomes Altitude­ the height of a point in relation to its ground or sea level  ~Temperature effects the water availability in a biome Biome­ A natural occurring area of flora and fauna that occupies a habitat.  ­Winds ­High to low pressure ­Circulates the Earth Precipitation (rain) Regimes(govt.) ­Much more dryness on the west coast so more deserts ­Much more wetness on the east coast so more wetlands ­Water availability have a big impact on nutrient availability since you need nutrients in order to  help with productivity since plants rely on nutrients in order to grow. ­Circulation and Geomorphology Moist air mass ascends ridge(windward) heavy precipitationDrier Air and descends  windsRain shadow region(leeward) Windward is towards the wind and leeward is away from the wind. Geomorphology­ the study of physical features on the surface of the Earth in relation to their  geological structures Microclimates­ The climate of a restricting and or very small area, especially when we see a  differ in climate within the surrounding area Bog­ A type of wetland that’s wet and very muddy with ground too soft.


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