Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
- Monsoon forests are especially well developed in Southeast Asia and are typified by tall teak trees and thickets of bamboo.
- Monsoon forest, also called dry forest or tropical deciduous forest, open woodland in tropical areas that have a long dry season followed by a season of heavy rainfall.
- The Monsoon forests extend over the Sahyadris through the peninsular, Ganga Plains till the foothills of the Himalayas.
- One bird that thrives in the monsoon forest is the Orange-footed Scrubfowl that has evolved to bury its eggs in the monsoon forests piles of dead leaves and soft soil.
-This unfortunate disaster took place in Chernobyl, Ukraine on April 26th, 1986. A major mishap took place in the Unit 4 of the the Nuclear Power Plant due to a power surge that occurred during a testing procedure. The glitch caused the reactor to lose power very quickly and the emergency shut down system completely failed. Thus, the core overheated and led to a reaction between the graphite control rods and the hydrogen(being highly flammable) caused a massive explosion. This explosion released 50 tons of radioactive material into the environment. The surrounding area was contaminated with radiation.
Nuclear power plants harness the heat produced by splitting of Uranium atoms through a process called Nuclear Fission. The heat produced is then transferred to the running water which in turn produces steam and spins the turbines to generate electricity.
The Chernobyl Disaster did not cause many casualties as the testing was done secretly. The people living near the area were evacuated. However, about 60,000 people were affected by radiation and very quarantined in the hospitals to prevent the spread.
Facts About the desert:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The alpine biome is an interesting biome because has over 200 species of plants and a wide variety of animals. the animals of this biome are unique because they have high adaptibility. Since there is very little oxygen in the air they need to have a higher oxygen capacity in their blood to survive . 16 percent of the earths surface is covered in Arctic biomes. Arctic biomes are also responsible for over 39 percent of the earths fresh water.
- 20% of Earth's oxygen comes from the Amazon Rain forest
-There are also a number of dangerous species living in the Amazon rain forest such as the cougar, jaguar and anaconda.
Fauna & Flora: 500 different mammals, 175 different lizard species, and 300 other reptiles.
Home of the black spider monkey and the Toucan
Kapok Tree is a strange tree that grows within the rain forest
40,000 different plant species are in the rain forest
Climate: Typically humid, due to droughts the weather has been been arid in most places.
Physical Characteristics: Covers more than half of Brazil.
40% of South America is covered by it.
Around the same size as USA.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
- The ground is frozen year round.
- 6-10 inches of precipitation per year.
- Average summer temperature is 37-54 degrees F. Average winter temperature is -30 degrees F.
- There are no trees.
Animals: herbivores (wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, deer, bison) and carnivores (coyotes, jackals, hyenas, lions, wolves)
Climate: varies depending on surrounding region (African climate in African sub arid desert)
Physical Characteristics: mostly sand dunes and no water bodies
Environmental Importance: medicine is made from plants growing in this biome
The map below shows where sub arid desert can be found around the world
- Divided into 3 layers Canopy, Understory, and forest floor.
- High level of rainfall
- Annual temperature varies from -86 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit depending on their location.
- Half of the worlds species live here.
- Largest forest is located in North America.
- Dominated by evergreen, and decidous trees.
- A tree can grow 75 feet in height in the span of 5 years.
- Most of these forest are threaten by humans due to deforestation for farm land.
Bears, Bandicoots, Koalas, Wallabies, Owls, Insects, etc...
Coniferous trees, Deciduous trees, Red Cedar, Orange Thorn, Steelwood, Giant peper vine, Cunjevoi, etc...
By: Frank Valente, and Marcos Nuñez
-Also Known As A Chaparral
-The Mediterranean Sea is 4,900 deep
-Coast of Mediterranean runs past 22 countries
-Mediterranean Sea was formed due to the collision of African and Eurasian plates
-Climate of the Area is Hot and Dry in summer
-During the winter, it is mild and wet
-Mediterranean Coast is the best place to live to avoid Earthquakes and Volcanoes
-Takes 80 years for water in Mediterranean to clean out plastic
Plants in Mediterranean
-Bee Orchids, Daffodil, and Grasses
-Plants usually grow more in the Winter and Spring
-Contains over 1,000 Types of Plants
Animals in Mediterranean
-18,000 species of Plants and Animals live in the Mediterranean. 1/3 do not exist anywhere else
-Monk Seals, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Loggerhead Turtle, Barbary Macaque, Rabbitfish, Gran Canaria Giant Lizard
By: Jose Estrella & Kevin Calva
Sunday, February 22, 2015
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Friday, February 6, 2015
- The Donora Smog of 1948 happened In Donora, Pennsylvania. Donora is also known for being a Mill Town. People began noticing on the last week of October 1948. The factories involved in the incident Donora Zinc Works and U. S. Steel Corporation. However, after the incident they DENIED any responsibility for the disaster even after the government’s findings. Approximately 500 residents became ill, they report symptoms of respiratory problems. No doubt, countless others suffered in silence. The Donora Zinc Works shut down its smelters to try and eliminate as much smoke and industrial fumes. Luckily, rain helped to disperse the Smog and the skies cleared eventually cleared. It contributed to the deaths of 19 people within a 24-hour period. (20 died in total) The results from the incident; 2 had Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis and 17 had Chronic Heart Disease or Asthma.(All Between the Ages of 52 and 85.) Through this incident it began the environmental movement in the US. Focusing on the nation’s harmful and sometimes fatal side effects on life and the environment from air. The enactment of the Clean Air Act and creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are a legacy of the Donora tragedy.