Global Climate Change

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Global Climate Change

  1. 1. Global Climate Change and the earth’s Biomes<br />By Shannon Storey<br />
  2. 2. What is a biome?<br />A biome is a large geographical area that is inhabited by particular plant and animal groups.<br />The climate and terrain of a region determine which biomes are able to exist there.<br />Major biomes include deserts, tundra, grasslands, forests, and various aquatic environments.<br />
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  4. 4. Tundra<br />The tundra occupies earth’s northern hemisphere.<br />Soil is poor in nutrients and permafrost allows for little room for deep rooting plants and trees.<br />It is the coldest of all biomes.<br />
  5. 5. Desert<br />Deserts cover nearly 1/5 of our planet.<br />They receive very little rain.<br />Vegetation consist of plants that have evolved to retain water.<br />Most animal species are nocturnal to cope with the unbearable heat during the day.<br />
  6. 6. Forest<br />Forests represent 1/3 of the earth’s land.<br />They are found all over the world. <br />They are characteristic for their vast variety of trees.<br />Rainforests are a wet climate area. They are known for their numerous plant and animal species.<br />
  7. 7. Grasslands<br />Grass is the dominant plant life here.<br />Serve as grazing areas for many animals and are commonly used as farmland for humans.<br />
  8. 8. Aquatic<br />Water covers approximately 75% of our planet.<br />There are two types of aquatic biomes: marine and freshwater.<br />The marine region consists of oceans, coral reefs, and estuaries.<br />The freshwater region exists in lakes, ponds, swamps, etc.<br />
  9. 9. Which biome is most impacted by global climate change?<br />All of them!<br />Some scientists argue that the rainforest biome is the most at risk due to species being less accustomed to fluctuations in temperature and precipitation.<br />The tundra and desert biomes are also threatened and may no longer be capable of supporting the same vegetation they do now in the years to come.<br />Our oceans are also taking a toll due to global climate change. Oceanic circulation, coastal erosion, sea-level rise, and changes in species distribution and migratory routes are just a few of the issues being studied and documented today.<br />
  10. 10. How can you help?<br />Spread the Word!<br />Volunteer!<br />Take Action!<br />Visit http://www.panda.org/how_you_can_help/ for more information!<br />
  11. 11. Bibliography<br />WorldBiomes.com - Explore Five of the World&apos;s Main Biomes. 23 Sept. 2009 &lt;http://www.worldbiomes.com&gt;. <br />Bluplanetbiomes.org. 23 Sept. 2009 &lt;http://www.bluplanetbiomes.org&gt;. <br />Butler, Rhett A. &quot;Global warming will cause local climates to shift and disappear.&quot; Conservation news and environmental science news. 26 Mar. 2007. 23 Sept. 2009 &lt;http://news.mongabay.com/2007/0326-climate.html&gt;.<br />Du Plessis, Mitzi. &quot;How does climate change affect our oceans? — Saeon.&quot; SAEON — Saeon. 11 Sept. 2008. 23 Sept. 2009 &lt;http://www.saeon.ac.za/eNewsletter/Online/2008/september/doc06&gt;.<br />Photos<br />http://www.ncdsnet.net/~kinney/library/biome2.gif<br />http://biomef.wikispaces.com/file/view/17HannahFrostyTundraPic.jpg<br />http://room42.wikispaces.com/file/view/tundra_animals.jpg<br />http://www.learningwonders.com/cart/images/T/desert.jpg<br />http://www.worldbiomes.com/pics/monumentvalley.jpg<br />http://www.plu.edu/~safety/img/forest.jpg<br />http://www.tropicalisland.de/KCH%20Sarawak%20-%20Bako%20National%20Park%20-%20Tropical%20rainforest2%201_b.jpg<br />http://www.jessstryker.com/national-parks/theodore-roosevelt-national-park/webphoto/web-grasslands-1.jpg<br />http://www.world-builders.org/lessons/less/biomes/grass/grassgifs/Gazelle.gif<br />http://liquidthinker.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/coral-reef.jpg<br />http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/webquest/biomes/images/lake.jpg<br />

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