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Alpine Ecosystem

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Kylee Hill

on 30 March 2013

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Commensalism Commensalism is when two organisms are both helped and neither are harmed. An example of Commensalism in the Alpine ecosystem is when an arctic fox lets the caribou dig up its food out of the snow so the fox can eat. Competition The animals in the Alpine ecosystem have to deal with very cold temperatures and high UV wavelengths.

The animals adapt by migrating, hibernating, and insulating their bodies with layers of fat.

They have larger lungs because of the pressure and lack of oxygen.

Shorter legs and tails to reduce heat loss. Mutualism Mutualism is when one one organism is helped and the other is neither helped nor harmed. An example of mutualism in the alpine ecosystem is when alga, a photosynthetic organism, feeds off of carbon dioxide and turns it into sugars for the lichens to eat. Parasitism Parasitism happens when one organism is helped but the other is harmed. An example of parasitism is when tape worms live in the liver and intestines of animals like wolves, moose, and caribou and feed off of the food they have already eaten. Food Web Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Symbiotic Relationships Alpine Ecosystem Biotic an Abiotic Factors Biotic
Alpine Phacelia

Bear Grass



Snow Leopard Abiotic Has one of the coldest climates on Earth.

Most of precipitation is snow.

Summer lasts from June to September at 10 to 15 degrees celcius and winter lasts from October to May at below freezing temps.

High winds and lots of rocks.

PH level in soil is salinity. Sites Alpine Biome. (n.d.). Blue Planet Biomes. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/alpine.htm Alpine Tundra. (n.d.). weebly.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from alpinetundrabiome.weebly.com/commensalism-in-the-alpine-tundra-tundra.html Khan, D. S. (n.d.). Symbiotic Relationships in the Tundra. Buzzle. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://www.buzzle.com/articles/symbiotic-relationships-in-the-tundra.html Biotic and Abiotic Factors - Alpine Tundra. (n.d.). Alpine Tundra - Home. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://alpinetundrabiome.weebly.com/biotic-and-abiotic-factors.html Kang, S. (n.d.). Tundra Biomes & Abiotic Factors | eHow.com. eHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Discover the expert in you. | eHow.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://www.ehow.com/info_8260321_tundra-biomes-abiotic-factors.html
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