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The East African Savanna

where we're moving to!

zach driscoll

on 25 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Savanna, Prairie, Desert, Tundra, Tropical Rainforest, Deciduous Forest and Coniferous Forest. The 7 Major Biomes Tropical Rainforest Pros Desert Pros Tundra Large animals like polar bears
and moose that could be vital
food sources with abundant meat. Deciduous Forest Very defined seasons.
Many trees.
Moderate rain. Coniferous Forest Pros Prairie Cons Gets lots of rain.
Has the most biodiversity of all the biomes.
Some cures to sicknesses can be found here.
Very humid-lots of water in the air.
Large trees for construction.
Many trees-some shelter from the elements.
Very warm-if you hate the cold..... Yearly warmth- no defined seasons.
Many predators live here.
Many trees-no space for constructing a town without destroying the habitat.
Kudzu plant would take over the plants in the area, taking away a critical resource. Cons Animals King Cobra. Adaptation:blends into environment.
Vampire Bat: stops blood clotting with its special saliva.
Elephant: tough skin to protect from predators. Plants Tall trees: cover 70% of rainforest-are tall and have big leaves to get sunlight.
Bamboo: does well in moist environments-invasive species. Climate Moist, warm.
50-260 inches of rain annually.
68-93 degrees Fahrenheit. Much sunlight.
Extreme temperatures for
extremophiles. Hot days, cold nights.
Very little rain.
Very poor seasons. Plants Barrel cactus and Sagaro cactus: protective spikes, holds lots of water, and shallow roots to catch water. Animals Lizard:long nostrils inside
head to enhance smell.
Kangaroo Rats: Large eyes
to see at night. Can jump very
high. Climate Hot and dry.
66-77 degrees overall including nights- around 104 degrees Fahrenheit during day.
1 inch of rain annually.
Very poor seasons. Pros Cons Cold, harsh climate- hard to live in.
Cold weather-turns rainwater to snow and ice, harder for organisms to get to water.
Barren- not many plants. Plants Animals Arctic moss, arctic willow,
bear berry, caribou moss,
diamond leaf willlow,
pasque flower, labrador tea:
Underground root system to
conserve water. Mosquitoes, midges, flies, migrational birds, penguins, owls, polar bears, wolves, dolphins, and moose: some have layers of blubber to stay warm. Climate Cold, harsh.
-15 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
6-20 inches of rain. Pros Cons Varying temperatures.
Some animals hibernate-less food sources. Plants Animals American beach,
pecan trees, carpet moss, common lime trees,
deciduous trees: used to
mild weather. Roses:protective thorns. Chipmunk, black bear, coyote: hibernate.
Bald eagle: sharp eyesight.
Platypus:lodges in winter. Climate Temperature varies.
14-18 inches annually. Cons Defined seasons.
Many trees.
Lots of rain. Cold winters.
Mainly conifers-not many types of plants. Taiga Boreal Plants Animals Conifers: Spruce, hemlock, firs, and pines:
don't shed leaves during winter to conserve
the energy needed to regrow them. Snowshoe hare, bear, elk, moose, great horned owls: Some hibernate, some are seed eaters, some use camoflauge. Climate Cold winters, warm,humid summers. Defined seasons. 10-30 inches of rain annually. Summer: 57 degrees. Winter: -14 degrees Fahrenheit. Pros Cons Not much biodiversity.
Cold winters!
Seasonal drought.
Mainly grass-few trees or bushes. Much space.
Lots of rain.
Tall grass-good habitat
for organisms.
Large grazing animals are
found here-food source. Plants Animals Bison, zebras, ferrets, Greater Prairie Chicken, ostrich, prairie dog, pronghorn. Rhino: horn and tough skin as protection. Grasses-deep roots to absorb the water. Prairie blazingstar, sweet coneflower, purple coneflower: bees carry pollen from flower to flower, flower uses it. Poison ivy:irritates skin to keep away predators. Climate Cold winters. Wet and dry seasons. 10-30 inches annually.
Winter: -40 degrees
Summer: 70 degrees Fahrenheit Savanna Biome I picked the East African Savanna for the community to move to. We would live near the Nile River. The annual monsoons flood the Nile, providing rich, fertile soil for our community's crops and gardens to flourish.
Our town will be located outside of the flood plain so the flooding will not disturb our homes, but close enough to be able to walk down to the gardens and river. The kudzu plant that is required by one of our board members will be put on the bank of the Nile in an enclosed area with cement walls 6 inches underground to prevent the roots from spreading into our civilization. The area will be quite large, though, so people may wander through the kudzu freely. In addition, the annual flooding will slow or stop the invasive growth. Also, some goats will be available to graze on the kudzu in case it is invading its surroundings. If worst comes to worst, herbicides can be used to stop infestation. This biome has two very distinct seasons- a wet (summer) and a dry (winter) season. There are also slight changes in the seasons when fall or spring starts. Climate
68-86 degrees Fahrenheit.
10-30 inches of rain per year. Animals
Lion: camoflauge to sneak up on prey. Baboons: cheek pouches to hold food and water. Zebra: bunch into herd so predator can't target one zebra. Plants Bermuda Grass: can grow in
poor soil. If not enough water, top
part dies off while the rhizomes
stay alive. Whistling thorn:
Protective thorns. Eucalyptis
gum tree. Acacia tree:
protective thorns. This biome also has many
Eucalyptis trees that can cure sicknesses
like infections, colds, flu, sore throats, etc. There are some differences
between this biome and our old community. One is that there is a season with much rain and a dry season (sadly I think we're kind of used to the dry period). The vegetation and wildlife is different, but I wouldn't say worse. Differences Pros Lots of rain.
Tall grasses make
habitat for organisms.
Much space. Cons Predators
Dry season. Whistling thorn Thanks for watching! Zach Driscoll
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