Gulf Coast vs. Oahu

By Megan Rawe

Gulf Coast

General Information

Located in South- East Texas

Some major towns include Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Galveston,and Houston,

Abiotic Factors

Average temperature- 60 to 70 degrees

Average regional rainfall- 40-60 inches per year

Some other factors are the Gulf of Mexico, streams and rivers that flow into the gulf, and the soil type is acidic sands, sandy loams, and clay soils.

Sustainability

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Producer- Cherry Laurel

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Primary Consumer- Muskrat

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Secondary Consumer- Roseate Spoonbill

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Tertiary Consumer- Alligator

Sustainability

The Gulf Coast region has a high degree of biodiversity which makes it more sustainable. This Eco-Region and it's organisms will have a large chance of surviving

Energy Flow

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Biome

The Gulf Coast is in the aquatic biome

Human Influences

Positive-

Humans have built precautions such as a 16 foot sea wall




Negative-

Millions of new residents to the gulf region has increased the demand for fresh water and created lots of sewage and waste which have been dumped into gulf waters or indirectly dumped by rivers draining into the gulf.


Oil drilling has brought oil spills that have ruined some beaches and destroyed some marine life.

Oahu

General Information

Oahu is an Island located in the Pacific Ocean

A Major city is Honolulu

Abiotic Factors

It is surrounded by water (Pacific Ocean)

It is known for having the longest rain shower in history(200 days)

The rainfall averages from 15 to 55 inches of rain per year

The average temperature is 70 to 85 degrees and 68 to 78 degrees in the winter

Volcanoes

Sustainability

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Producer- Papaya Tree

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Primary Consumer- Polynesian Rat

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Secondary Consumer- Red-vented Bulbul

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Tertiary Consumer- Feral Dog

Sustainability

There is a high degree of biodiversity. There is plenty of producers, and variety of consumers for the organisms to eat. This is a sustainable environment.

Energy Flow

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Biome

Oahu is located in an aquatic biome or a tropical rainforest.

Human Influences

Negative- Diving,pollution, ship strikes, and debris from humans are endangering the coral reefs.


Positive- There are may endangered species programs that people have created to help different organisms.