1. What biome did you choose to research and study?
My choice for study and research was the desert.
2. Describe your biome using specific information about precipitation patterns, plants, animals, and general locations. (you can include pictures)
A desert is the driest of all the biomes, receiving, on average, less than 10 inches of precipitation per year. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's land surface and can be classified as hot and dry or cold deserts. The hot and dry deserts are located near the Southern or Northern Tropic, and, just as their name suggests, can receive extreme temperatures of 43-49°C during day and usually have very little rainfall ...view middle of the document...
Even so, modern technology, specifically ways of transporting water to the desert, has allowed development of cities in some areas. USA and Australia have advanced irrigation systems, giving way to extended farming use and mining. These two activities affect plants, the most important of them being the saguaro cactus, which takes over two hundred years to grow to a mature stage.
A cruel way of destroying the desert fauna is hunting. People have driven some species to extinction by hunting the animals just for pure pleasure. And also for the pleasure of it are the plant and animal collectors. People are willing to pay enormous amounts of money for rare species of cacti or large lizards for pets, taking them out of their habitat and reducing their numbers dramatically.
4. What are some suggestions to protect this biome? Please provide a minimum of three things people can do to make a difference.
Enforcing strict hunting laws can have a positive effect to save our deserts, and also passing and enforcing laws against the illegal trade of restricted plants and endangered animals. And since we are still in the legal system area, as impossible as this may seem right now, I would like to see laws which forbid or impose limitations to the development of desert areas.
Even though I didn't mention it above, off-roading is a major concern for this biome's fragile ecosystem. Driving through the desert with 4X4's, especially in unrestricted areas, leave tracks on the soil, creating erosion of the land, destroying numerous plants in their paths and scaring the animals.
5. Pick one specific location within your biome you would like to visit and describe it (description must be specific, clear, interesting, and informative).
One of my bucket list wishes is to visit Sahara. Aside from the pyramids in Egypt and riding the camels, I have always been fascinated by the beduins and the beauty of oasis. Siwa is one of them, and there seems to be a raised interest in creating eco-friendly tourism spots, which makes me feel a little bit more optimistic about human intentions. And just in case I will make it to Sahara, I will choose the Saharan trek, the most ecologically friendly option of responsible tourism. The provisions are purchased locally, the guides are also local men, and this trek has a minimal impact on the way of life in this desert.
6. What biome do you live in?
I live in Florida, which has two major biomes, the temperate forest and Everglades, considered grassland/wetland.
7. List and explain three things you learned from this assignment?
This assignment made me become aware of certain human activities that impact the biodiversity of the desert, particularly off-roading and trading animal and plants, which I never thought they would affect deserts in such a way.
I also was not aware of the biodiversity of the desert, I thought that due to lack of water and the hot temperatures, the desert was not hospitable enough to...