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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Biodiversity in the Desert

Students took a fieldtrip to the desert to learn about the biodiversity of the environmnet.
Why is biodiversity so important? How will climate change affect this area?


At March 12, 2010 at 8:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to scarce water supplies, animals and plants would slowly die out or over time attempt to adapt and evolve to their new, harsher environment. Another possible occurence could be animals moving in towards the city in a desperate hunt for food and water.

-RL and JF

At March 12, 2010 at 8:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biodiversity is important because plants and animals relay on eachother to survive. For example plants need water to live and animals need food like plants and other animals. If there was no biodiversity there would be no life on this planet. Climate change would affect this area in a big way. If the temperature were to rise the plants and animals would have to adapt to the change which I think would not turn out well. I feel that the plants and animals would need water and food which may not possibly be around as much as it is now. In the end if the climate were to rise than a few species may die out in the area.

At March 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biodiversity is crucial for the future of all flora and fauna. All ecosystems are very fragile, and if balance and variety is not kept these ecosystems will be damaged or destroyed. Take a look at desert in Arizona if temperature were to rise, plants and animals may have to move to a different area, or they will just die out, this is an example of climate change. Again, life anywhere including Arizona is delicate, biodiversity is what allows life to exist and thrive, and climate change such as a slight increase in temperature could have devastating affects.

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At March 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a drought a good majority of the life in the desert will suffer and may die from the starling lack of water!

Biodiversity has a crucial role in our life.
With a lack of water the biodiversity in the desert will diminish. Without biodiversity genetic abnormalities will kill off the species do to the lack of genetic diversity.

At March 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biodiversity is important because it helps preserve the balance in the ecosystem and it helps balance the ecosystem by providing a variety of plants and animals that provide food and shelter for other plants and animals .
The desert would be affected because it would drastically increase the amount of fires. More plants would die and animals would starve from lack of food.

At March 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biodiversity is important for keeping life on Earth in balance. If there were no carnivores all of a sudden, the herbivores would become way too populus and they would eat all the plants and eventually starve to death because there would not be enough food to sustain them. If the herbivores died off one day, the carnivores would not have anything to dine on resulting in their eventual demise. This is why biodiversity is important to the environment.

If this place became more dry, the plants would eventually run out of water and die off leaving it vulnerable for wildfires. If lightning were to strike on a dead branch it would ignite a fire reaching out across the whole area. That would eliminate many plants. There would not be too much food for the herbivores anymore and they would most likely all starve to death. Without herbivores the carnivores would eventually die off as well.



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