This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Natural Resources Essay

1842 words - 8 pages

Natural Resources and Energy at Wekiva Springs

Sharmeen Hugue

SCI/256

March 20, 2014

Natural Resources and Energy at Wekiva Springs

Wekiva Springs is the 2nd largest spring located in Apopka, Florida within the Wekiwa Springs State Park. In 1970 Wekiva Springs State Park opened to the public. The park occupies 7,000 acres, with the main attraction being the Wekiva Springs. The cool crystal clear water of the springs range in depth from just inches to five feet and maintains a 72 degree temperature. Wekiva means "flowing water" in Creek. The spring flows from a small 20 feet deep cavern, which spreads into a deep cave. This area was once ...view middle of the document...

13 Billion dollars statewide. The graph in figure 1.1 gives an illustration of the land use and an estimated amount of acres per category (Terry and Busby, 2014). Figure 1.2 shows sulphur settled in the spring of the river.
[pic]
Figure 1.1 Agricultural land (Terry and Busby, 2014)
[pic]
Figure 1.2 Spring Sulphur (Terry and Busby, 2014)
Effects a growing human population may have on Wekiva Springs’ resources, including loss or harm to populations of wild species

Wekiva Springs occupies a prime location, central to The Wekiva State Park and is well known for its recreational activities that support tourism and essentially the economy ("Wekiva Springs State Park", 2012). Activities in the park and most importantly the springs range from water based activities like swimming, canoeing, and fishing, to land based activities such as hiking, camping and picnicking ("Wekiva Springs State Park", 2012).
The effects a growing population would have on this ecosystem are immense. A growing population means an increased demand for current and improved services. This progressive channel of growth will change the functional dynamics of the ecosystem and threaten biodiversity (Wright & Boorse, 2014). Since the ecosystem is highly dependent on water supply to drive activities, it is also going to put pressure on the demands for water and energy. The demands for water will also be increased for sanitation purposes in an effort to ensure that health risks are not encountered at the park. Any growing demand for water is going to put the supply at risk for depletion and/or pollution.
Another important aspect of a growing population is that it will change the landscape of the environment. Any change in landscape is also a threat to diversity, additionally; these alterations may cause the reduction and possibly the extinction of some species (Wright & Boorse, 2014). This will also interfere with the trophic levels and possibly create an imbalance in the passing of energy and materials up the food chain (Wright & Boorse, 2014). The change in landscape could also mean construction, which would interfere with the nutrients required to sustain the biotic and abiotic organisms in the ecosystem.
According to Wright & Boorse (2014), in order to maintain the sustainability and biodiversity of an ecosystem, it is crucial that wild species are protected. In essence, the ecosystem is made up of wild species that live in the environment. Thus, the entire structure and functionality of the ecosystem depend on the wild species. The benefit each species provides to the ecosystem is invaluable. Wild species have direct (instrumental) and indirect (intrinsic) value to humans (Wright & Boorse, 2014). A growing human population will contribute to an increase in the interference with the natural habitat of these species leading to migration or depletion of these wild species.
Management practice for sustainability and conservation of...

Other Papers Like Natural Resources

Natural Resources and Energy Essay

1598 words - 7 pages plants and animals. In this paper we will discuss the natural resources and energy initiatives of the ecosystem and the functions in place to actively sustain them. ------------------------------------------------- There have been many impacts associated with agriculture at the Yellowstone National Forest. Agriculture is significant part of the forest lands but it has declined over the years yet, the park continues agricultural crop. The

Cliff Natural Resources Essay

2179 words - 9 pages Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) In this paper we examine the dynamics of cross-listing, particularly US companies that cross-list in the NYSE Euronext equity-based exchange. We look at the number of US firms cross-listed in this exchange and then study one of these companies specifically, Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. In addition, we explore the importance of cross-listing in NYSE Euronext as well as: the benefits, costs and

Natural Resources, and Energy Paper

656 words - 3 pages Natural Resources and Energy Paper Christine Phipps, Kelly Doscher, Whitney Koba, Yharatzed Caceres, and Stuart Wilson SCI 256 May 9, 2010 Stephanie Gordon Natural Resources and Energy Paper In most tropical countries, only one tree is being replanted for every 10 cut down (Iowa Public Television, 1995-2010). Tropical rainforests “cover about 2% of earth’s surface, but house over half of world’s plant and animal species…” (Iowa Public

Natural Resources and Energy Paper

2535 words - 11 pages Natural Resources and Energy Paper A forest is a natural resource needed by the earth, humans, and species. There are three types of forests. The three types include “tropical, temperate, boreal forests” (The forest biome p. 1, 2006). Recently forests occupy about “one-third of Earth’s land area, and account for over two-thirds of the leaf area of land plants, and contain about 70% of carbon present in living things” (The forest biome p. 1

Organization of Natural Resources a Unique Citation on Waste Management for Sustainable Livelihoods

3102 words - 13 pages Organization of Natural Resources a unique citation on Waste Management For Sustainable Livelihoods *Mrs. T.Kumuthavalli All humans do not understand natural resources, Most humans do not value natural resources! Yet we live only because we have the natural resources. “Houston, we have a problem!” Abstract - This introductory note sets the tone for what follows in the subsequent pages on natural resource management linked

Malaysia Green Buildings Industry Outlook to 2018 - Rising Energy Costs and Depleting Natural Resources to Drive Sustainable Development

1443 words - 6 pages Malaysia Green Buildings Industry Outlook to 2018 - Rising Energy Costs and Depleting Natural Resources to Drive Sustainable Development The report titled “Malaysia Green Buildings Industry Outlook to 2018 - Rising Energy Costs and Depleting Natural Resources to Drive Sustainable Development” presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including how green buildings improve business, key drivers, constraints and

Natural Resources of Pakistan - The Value of Parents in Islam

765 words - 4 pages "THE VALUE OF PARENTS IN ISLAM" All religions and all societies have given parents an honorable status. From a purely material viewpoint, we find ourselves indebted to our parents, particularly our mother. She not only nourished us in her womb, but went through pain and suffering. She loved us even before we were born. She toiled when we were totally helpless infants. She spent sleepless nights caring for us. Our parents as a team provided for

To Drill or Not to Drill - Renewable Energy

971 words - 4 pages Assignment: Wk 2 To Drill or Not to Drill? October 20, 2013 The Renewable Energy: It’s Worth the Cost Currently, there is a huge debate surrounding the future of renewable energy. Oil production is at the center of the debate as we are seeing a large increase in oil prices due to our need of foreign oil. There are some supporters of looking in our American natural landscape for resources such as oil to reduce our dependence on foreign

Biotic Components Paper

904 words - 4 pages Virginia is an environmentally diverse state and has five regions known as the Blue Ridge Mountain, Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau. The population of Virginia relies on natural resources and drives the economy through ecotourism, beautiful sceneries, mining, hunting, and fishing. With all the resources come challenges; State of Virginia stresses and urges the public and organizations in protecting

Audit

594 words - 3 pages nations including China and India, have been confronted with pollutions brought by the excessive exploitation, which has threatened. Admittedly, no one can deny that depending on natural resources is one of the fastest ways for a country to increase economic growth. Natural resources such as trees and fossil fuels hardly exist in many countries in the world, so these countries have to import natural resources from other countries. Many countries in

Growing an Economy

765 words - 4 pages Introduction As the newly appointed Economic Minister for the country of “Ardistan” it will be my primary mission to develop a four-point plan to bring our country out of the current economic slump that the previous administration created do to their corrupt activities. This document will describe the four vital steps of my plan to effectively extract Ardistan’s various natural resources and establish trade with other countries that will

Related Essays

Natural Resources Essay

4745 words - 19 pages Towards a sustainable use of natural resources Stichting Natuur en Milieu, January 2001 H.Muilerman, H.Blonk. Contents 1 2 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 4 4.1 4.2 5 6 7 8 Aim of the report Depletion of natural resources Sustainability of natural resource use Environmental impacts of natural resource use Ecological limits Social and economic sustainability: fair shares The challenge facing the Western world Indicators of the pressures on reserves of

Natural Resources Essay

2037 words - 9 pages Natural Resources and Energy Paper 9-2012 SCI/256 Natural Resources and Energy Paper The first national park in the United States was Yellowstone National Park, which was created in 1872. At this time, the concept of a national park was new for people; however, it was a great thing because it allowed the people the ability to preserve and protect the best of what they had for the benefit and enjoyment of all future generations

Natural Resources Essay

954 words - 4 pages Natural Resources Task -Wind Power Wind power works by the use of wind turbines. They capture the kinetic energy in the wind when the blades spin. When the blades spin, they spin a shaft that leads from the hub of the spinning rotor to a generator, where it is turned from rotational energy into electricity. Wind power, among most things, is generated from the sun. When a certain area is headed, the hotter air rises, and the surrounding cool

Natural Resources Paper

612 words - 3 pages Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper on natural resources and energy. Include the following: • Choose a specific ecosystem, such as a forest, grassland, or a marine or freshwater aquatic ecosystem. • Identify impacts associated with agriculture. • Identify and discuss the effects that a growing human population may have on that ecosystem’s resources, including loss or harm to populations of wild species. • Discuss one management