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Texas ECOREGION Project~ Coastal Sand Plains

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Shelby Thomas

on 26 April 2015

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Transcript of Texas ECOREGION Project~ Coastal Sand Plains

Plants & Animals
Animals? squirrels, deers, javelinas, cranes, armadillos, Mexican free-tailed bats, bobwhites, wooducks, barred quails, and alligators.
The soil is primarily sand-based.
Catastrophic Events~& what they do...
HURRICANES can increase WAVE erosion and deposition.
Very warm summers and cold winters in the north.
Rainfall 24-28 inches per year.
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
It affects it because it is moving the sand some place else and then later on there's not gonna be any more sand or dirt left in the Coastal Plains.
~TEXAS ecoregion project~ bY:Shelby thomas :)
The region occupies approximately 2.5 million acres. The vegetation of this area can be described as grasslands with coastal oak motts, mesquite granjeno, and salt marshes. It is home to the King Ranch and other large cattle ranches.
Plants? Most of the plants in the Coastal Plains area are small wetland plants that live in areas with low nutrients.
How are they affected by Weathering, Erosion and Deposition?
Erosion can eliminate the top soil needed by plants, and animals are affected too. Deposition can provide more soil it can eliminate habitats by clogging and burying them.
How does it affect EcoRegion?
Soil type is sandy (windblown sands).
Human activities can have an immense impact on ground water. Toxic chemical spills, old land fills with no catch basins and septic systems placed too close to wells are just a few examples of ways humanity has found ways to contaminate ground water. Under normal circumstances, ground water is purified by passing through the many layers of earth before emerging from at the surface from a spring. Old land fills that can be hundreds of feet deep place contaminants well past the main filtering layers of the earth and sometimes penetrate into the water table, the level at which the underground "lakes" of water exist.
Food Web
vegetation can be described as tallgrass prairie with live oak woodlands, mesquite savannah, and
salt marshes.
include interactions among organisms and species, the flow of energy and the cycling of matter, and the maintenance of diverse and complex communities of microbes, plants and animals.
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