Biodiversity

Tundra vs Temperate Rain Forest

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Tundra the Vast Ice Still Land

The tundra, known for it's chilling desert-like conditions, is the coldest of all the biomes. This low biodiversity habitat is located in the norther-hemisphere. This biome has short growing and reproduction seasons keeping animal and plant populations at their minimum. The Alpine tundra is located on high altitude mountains making it unable for trees to grow in these parts of the tundra.

tun·dra ˈtəndrə/

noun


  1. a vast, flat, treeless Arctic region of Europe, Asia, and North America in which the subsoil is permanently frozen.

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Tundra; Threats and Solutions

Tuesday, March 17th, 11:30pm

Tundra

Our earth is in a threat, and we are it. We humans do things that cause our environment harm but we continue to do it? We might be the Earth's threat but we are the only ones that can change the Earth for the better. Below are something that we did that effected the environment and some things we can do to help recover the Earth.

Threats

  • The melting of the permafrost as a result of global warming could radically change the landscape and what species are able to live there.
  • Ozone depletion at the North and South Poles means stronger ultraviolet rays that will harm the tundra.
  • Air pollution can cause smog clouds that contaminate lichen, a significant food source for many animals.
  • Exploration of oil, gas, and minerals and construction of pipelines and roads can cause physical disturbances and habitat fragmentation.
  • Oil spills can kill wildlife and significantly damage tundra ecosystems.
  • Buildings and roads put heat and pressure on the permafrost, causing it to melt.
  • Invasive species push aside native vegetation and reduce diversity of plant cover.

Solutions

  • Switch to alternative energy uses to minimize human-made global warming.
  • Establish protected areas and park reserves to restrict human influence.
  • Limit road construction, mining activities, and the building of pipelines in tundra habitat.
  • Limit tourism and respect local cultures.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/tundra-threats/

Tundra Producers

Precipitation & Temperature

The average precipitation is 30 cm a year. It is very much like the Tundra biome. Both the alpine and the tundra biomes are cold and dry throughout the year. Summer temperature range between -12 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius. The average precipitation is 30 cm a year. It is very much like the Tundra biome. Both the alpine and the tundra biomes are cold and dry throughout the year.

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Tundra Biome Overlook

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Temperate Rain Forest (Iceland)

Precipitation & Temperature

The obvious element of climate in the temperate rain forest is precipitation. At least 200 cm of it, perhaps up to 350 centimeters in warmer areas. The precipitation can fall in the form of rain or snow, with snow becoming more likely at higher elevations. The average annual temperature is above 0 degrees C, largely influenced by the nearby ocean. The warmest of the temperate rainforests may have average annual temperatures around 20 degrees C.

Temperate Rain Forest Overview

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Tundra vs Temperate Rain Forest

Temperate rain forest's hold more availability for animals and plants while in the tundra there is a very small opening for animals and plants to grow and repopulate. There being less animals and plants in the tundra might cause the disappearance of some animals from the lack of food. There might be more life in the Temperate Rain Forest but there are still many issues there if something like a forest fire happens to spread. With the the damage humans are doing to the environment there is really no biome that is better than the other because all are in danger of the same things.