By: Arvind and Varun
Examples and Regions
Diseases: Since animals populations in prairies are packed close together disease can spread quickly.
Natural Disasters: Tornadoes and other disasters could upset the balance of the food chain which could upset the natural balance of the ecosystem.
Human interaction: Human activity is what limits the expansion of the biome and can limit the parameters of the area animals can occupy.
General Range of NPP
Explanation: The organisms in the prairie biome biome annually accumulate 3000 kilocalories per square meter
- They have deep stems to prevent being blown away
- Can grow up up to 5-6 feet tall
- Thin narrow leaves
- Brightly colored leaves to attract pollinators
- Carry toxins to ward of predators
- Grow in bunches they can stand strong winds
- They have broad, flat topped teeth to eat tough grass
- They have front legs and paws to burrow into the ground.
- They have brownish skin color to blend into surroundings.
- Are nocturnal to avoid predators.
- Sharp claws and teeth allow them to dig though dirt easily.
- Global Warming could cause prairies to become deserts
- Urban expansion reduces the are of parries
- Lack of plant diversity can increase risk for disease
- GMOS have expanded into and taken over prairies
- They provide habitats for many animals and plants.
- Grow healthy crops to feed animals.
- Provide thousands of products to feed animals.
- The plants improve water quality.
- Produce some of richest soil in the world
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