Abioitc biotic

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Abioitc biotic

  1. 1. Exploring Ecosystems What is an ecosystem?
  2. 2. These region are called biomes. Some of these areas would be prairies, tropical rainforests, and deserts.
  3. 3. Abiotic Factors Abiotic or non-living factors are important to biotic or living species. Some abiotic factors are elevation, nutrients, rainfall, rocks, slope, aspect to the sun, soil, temperature, and wind.
  4. 4. This area might be high above timberline in the mountains of Colorado. Some abiotic influences might be altitude, clouds, rocks, and soil.
  5. 5. Biotic factors  Living things- plants,, animals, microbes etc.
  6. 6. Garden of the Gods is a city park near the base of Pikes Peak. From here we can see four of the five life zones (ecosystems) of Colorado’s Front Range ecology; foothills, montane, sub-alpine, and alpine.
  7. 7. The plains are the fifth life zone found on the front range in Colorado.
  8. 8. Subalpine Alpine Montane Foothills Plains
  9. 9. High elevations Colder T temperature decreases 3 degrees he per 1000-foot rise) Shorter frost-free season (6 weeks) Snow possible any month More rain/snow Average 40 inches in the Colorado alpine.
  10. 10. Low elevation Warmer Longer frost-free season Colorado S prings - 21 weeks Less Rain/snow (average in Colorado Springs is 15.4 inches)
  11. 11. Ecologica l cha nges due to increa sing eleva tion a re simila r to those ca used by increa sing la titude. A trip up Pikes Pea k is like a trip to the Arctic tundra , except the Arctic ha s extreme sea sona l differences in da ylight, a nd the a lpine receives more intense sunlight.
  12. 12. As elevation changes, life zones and climates change.

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