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The Death Valley National Park
Transcript of The Death Valley National Park
Level Of Organization
Mutualism-A phainopepla eats mistletoe berries. The bird, while perching, passes undigested seeds in droppings to host trees ensuring survival of both the mistletoe and the phainopepla. ("Mutualism")
Commensalism-A Mojave fringe-toed lizard living in an abandoned rat hole, the lizard benefits from shelter, while the rat has moved on. ("Commensalism")
Predation-Badgers are carnivorous. They eat fossorial rodents: rats, mice, chipmunks, and especially ground squirrels and pocket gophers. ("American Badger") This would be predation because the Badger is benefiting from the small rodents but the rodents are dying in the process.
Temperature: 40-65 Fahrenheit to 115-120 Fahrenheit
Precipitation: averaging only 1.92 inches annually
Snowfall: averaging 1 inch annually
Sunlight: between 75% to 95% of Sunlight reaches the ground
Humidity: 25%-55% at night;
Soil: Sandy and hard to grow in
Did You Know...
The park covers over 3 million acres of Mojave and Great Basin desert terrain ("Plants.")
Cited Work/ Bibliography
United States. National Park Service. "Plants." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 27 Nov. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/plants.htm>
The Weather & Climate in Death Valley, California." Travel Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. <http://traveltips.usatoday.com/weather-climate-death-valley-california-59328.html>.
Food Energy Flow
Levels of Organizations Continued
Would include the Cactus, the Desert Bighorn, the tortoise, and the coyote
Includes the rock, the sand, and also the mountains
Both the biotic (the cactus, the Desert Bighorn, the tortoise, and the coyote) and the abiotic ( the rock, the sand, and the mountains) factors make up the ecosystem
The community would be made up of the living factors like the cactus, the Desert bighorn, the Tortoise, and the Coyote
The Population would be a group of the same species like in the picture of the group of Desert Bighorns
Producers, Consumers and Food Web." Death Valley National Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. <http://death-valley-ecology.weebly.com/producers-consumers-and-food-web.html>.
Higher Order Comsumer
Higher Order Consumer
The plant Eureka Dune grass has dense roots that catches and holds sand drifting by to form stable mounds above the ground, has stiff, spiny leaf tips that protect it from careless hikers and herbivores, and has low growing points so it can regenerate itself after it has been grazed upon. These adaptations help it survive. ("Eureka Dunes')
The mountain lion has a diverse diet that allows it to survive in harsh conditions of the desert and eat the wildlife even though it's not plentiful, has a large home range so it can travel far in search of food when it is scarce in one area, and has a wide variety of physical adaptations that allows it to kill many animals in the desert. ("Mountain Lion's Adaptations to Live in the Desert")
Liu, Joshua. "Mountain Lion's Adaptations to Live in the Desert." . N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ehow.com/info_8507492_mountain-lions-adaptations-live-desert.html>.
"Eureka Dunes - Death Valley National Park." . N.p., n.d. Web. 3 May 2014. <http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/eureka-dunes.htm>.
"COMMENSALISM." - Mojave Desert. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. <http://mojavedesert.net/glossary/commensalism.html>
"Mutualism." MUTUALISM. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. <http://mojavedesert.net/glossary/mutualism.html
"American Badger." American Badger. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014. <http://digital-desert.com/wildlife/badger.html>.
Gold Mining- mining has lost death valley many types of species like the salt cedar and also the Russian thistle. Even though today the mining has stopped, it is still a big reminder of the on going human impact.("Human Impact and Predictions.")
Automobile- humans driving in unpaved roads can free dust into the air ,which than the air caries and also lowers the visibility. ("Death Valley: Human Impact!") This can also harm vegetation.
Pollution- Pollutants outside of Death Valley can be carried a great distance with the wind to the park which can make the air quality bad and the view of the park seem hazy ("Air Quality - Death Valley National Park")
"Human Impact and Predictions." Death Valley National Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014. <http://death-valley-ecology.weebly.com/human-impact-and-predictions.html>
"Death Valley: Human Impact!" Death Valley: Human Impact! N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2014. <http://valledelamuertee.blogspot.com/2012/11/human-impact.html>
"Air Quality - Death Valley National Park." . N.p., n.d. Web. 3 May 2014. <http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/airquality.htm>.