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WHAT IS AN ECOSYSTEM ? Ecosystem consists of the biological community that occurs in some locale, and the physical and chemical factors that make up its non-living or abiotic environment.
LAND BIOMESBiomes are the major regional groupings of plants and animals discernible at a global scale-distribution of patterns are correlated with regional climate patterns and identified according to the climax vegetation type
MAJOR BIOMES Deserts Forests Grasslands Tundra Aquatic
DESERTS Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth’s surface and occur where rainfall is less than 50cm/year Most desert occur at low altitudes Most desert have considerable amount of specialized vegetation, as well as specialized vertebrate and invertebrate animals
TYPES OF DESERT Hot and dry Semiarid Coastal cold
HOT AND DRY DESERTTemperature -Desert surface receive a little more than twice the solar radiation received by humid regions and lose almost twice as much heat at night. -Many mean annual temperature range from 20-25ºC -The extreme maximum ranges from 43.5- 49ºC
Precipitation Rainfall is usually very low concentrated in short bursts between long rainless periodSoils Soils are course-textured, shallow, rocky or gravely with good drainage and have no subsurface waterPlants Canopy in most desert is very rare Plants are mainly ground-hugging and short woody trees
SEMIARID DESERTTemperature -summer temperature usually average between 21-27ºCPrecipitation -condensation of dew caused by night cooling may equal or exceed the rainfall received by same desertsPlants -many plants have silvery or glossy leaves , allowing them to reflect more radiant energy
COASTAL DESERTTemperature -the cool winters of coastal deserts are followed by moderately long , warm summersPlants -extensive root systems close to the surface where they can take advantage of any rain showers
COLD DESERTTemperature-cold winters with snowfall and high overall rainfall throughout the winter and occasionally over the summerPrecipitation-winters received quite a bit snowSoil-heavy, silty and salty
GRASSLANDSGrasslands are found in both temperate and tropical regions of the world but the ecosystems are slightly varying. This area mainly comprises of grasses with very little amount of shrubs and trees. Main vegetation is grasses, legumes and plants belonging to composite family. Many grazing animals, herbivores and insectivores are found in grasslands.
THREE MAIN TYPES OF GRASSLANDS Tropical Temperature
TROPICAL GRASSLAND Tropical grassland is also called savannas, cover much of Africa and parts of India, Australia and South America they are covered clumps of grasses as short as few centimeters or as tall as ten feet with acacia, baobab, and palm trees interpersed.
TEMPERATE GRASSLANDS Cover vast expanses of plains and gently rolling hills in the interiors of North and South America Europe , and Asia. Winters are bitterly cold, summers are hot and dry and annual precipitation is fairly sparse and unevenly through the year
TUNDRA BIOMETundra is the coldest of all the biomes. Tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturi, 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.
Characteristics of tundra include: Extremely cold climate Low biotic diversity Simple vegetation structure Limitation of drainage Short season of growth and reproduction Energy and nutrients in the form of dead organic material Large population oscillations
AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMAn aquatic ecosystem is an ecosystem in a body of water. Communities of organisms that are dependent on each other and on their environment live in aquatic ecosystems. The two main types of aquatic ecosystems are marine ecosystems and freshwater ecosystems.
MARINE ECOSYSTEM Marine ecosystems cover approximately 71% of the Earths surface and contain approximately 97% of the planets water. They generate 32% of the worlds net primary production. They are distinguished from freshwater ecosystems by the presence of dissolved compounds, especially salts, in the water. Approximately 85% of the dissolved materials in seawater are sodium andchlorine. Seawater has an average salinity of 35 parts per thousand (ppt) of water. Actual salinity varies among different marine ecosystems
Marine ecosystems can be divided into manyzones depending upon water depth andshoreline features. The oceanic zone is thevast open part of the ocean where animalssuch as whales, sharks, and tuna live
FRESH WATER ECOSYSTEM Freshwater ecosystems cover 0.80% of the Earths surface and inhabit 0.009% of its total water. They generate nearly 3% of its net primary production. Freshwater ecosystems contain 41% of the worlds known fish species
There are three basic types of freshwater ecosystems: Lentic: slow-moving water, including pools, ponds, and lakes. River : rapidly-moving water, for example streams and rivers. Wetlands: areas where the soil is saturated or inundated for at least part of the time
LAKE ECOSYSTEM Lake ecosystems can be divided into zones. One common system divides lakes into three zones. The first, the littoral zone, is the shallow zone near the shore. This is where rooted wetland plants occur. The offshore is divided into two further zones, an open water zone and a deep water zone. In the open water zone sunlight supports photosynthetic algae, and the species that feed upon them. In the deep water zone, sunlight is not available and the food web is based on detritus entering from the littoral and photic zones.
RIVER ECOSYSTEM River ecosystems are prime examples of lotic ecosystems. Lotic refers to flowing water, from the Latin lotus, to wash. Lotic waters range fromsprings only a few centimeters wide to major rivers kilometers in width. Much of this article applies to lotic ecosystems in general, including related lotic systems such as streams and springs.
WETLANDS Wetlands are dominated by vascular plants that have adapted to saturated soil. There are four main types of wetlands: swamp, marsh, fen and bog. Wetlands are the most productive natural ecosystems in the world because of the proximity of water and soil. Hence they support large numbers of plant and animal species. Due to their productivity, wetlands are often converted into dry land with dykes and drains and used for agricultural purposes.