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By Linda Williams

This is often the suitable self-teaching advisor for a person attracted to simple earth composition and improvement of the ever-changing nature of our planet. the writer covers a wide range of subject matters together with: surroundings, water, international warming, atmospheric differentiation, geomorphology, glaciers, erosion, carbon relationship, acid rain, and lots more and plenty extra. It comprises real-world examples, environmental notes, suggestions, medical information, and foreign tendencies.

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CHAPTER 2 Ecosystems and Biodiversity The range of the once limitless American bison (which numbered in the millions) has been reduced to a tiny fraction of what it once was. Range loss and the massive slaughter that took place during the nineteenth century construction of the North American east-west railroad across their territory took a heavy toll on the buffalo. HABITAT The area in which an animal, plant, or microorganism lives and finds nutrients, water, sunlight, shelter, living space, and other essentials is called its habitat.

This tropical rain forest, found near the equator, harbors the richest diversity of terrestrial plant and animal species. Today, the largest and most severe species loss is taking place in the tropical rain forests near the equator. Trees are being cut for grazing, farming, timber, and fuel. Ecologists have found that over 50% of the earth’s original rainforests had been cleared by 1990. 8 percent per year. Old Growth Forests Old-growth forests are found primarily in northern climates, although there are small caches of untouched trees in remote locations like Tasmania.

For this reason, an early warning system is under development by the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International (CI). The Biodiversity Early Warning System is supported by several monitoring programs that are being done by CI, its partner countries and organizations, and hotspot experts. These programs assess species, habitats, and socioeconomic factors to identify problem regions before they are too far gone. Species data are being collected and rapid biological assessments of poorly known terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems made.

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