Ecology Scavenger Hunt
By Maggie Lazaroski and Paloma Diaz, Period 1
Julianna and Elena are both human beings, which means they are living. Living things are biotic factors of an environment.
Water is a nonliving factor, so it is abiotic.
This plant is capable of photosynthesis, so it is an autotroph.
The people at this cafeteria table are heterotrophs because they cannot make their own food. You can actually see them consuming food (not made by them) in the picture.
The first picture is four ways that carbon can be released into the atmosphere. It can be released by breathing out, volcanoes, emissions from cars and trucks, and power plants. The second picture is one way that carbon dioxide can leave the atmosphere, which is through photosynthesis.
Maggie represents oversaturated clouds, and the water bottle represents rain. Paloma is pretending to be a lake, as she catches the rain that Maggie pours on her. Then, the water will evaporate out of the lake restoring Maggie's water reserves, which will start the cycle over again.
The nitrogen cycle takes place mostly in air, dirt, and plants. The nitrogen from the atmosphere enters the dirt where bacteria fix it for the use of plants, who then return it to the atmosphere.
Part of the phosphorus cycle is when humans return phosphorus to the ground when we decay, so here's a picture of dead Maggie.
The weather outside was rainy and hailing.
In this picture, Julianna is holding the door open for Maggie. Holding the door isn't good or bad for Julianna, so she is relatively unaffected. Maggie, however, doesn't have to open the door for herself, so she is saving energy.
Paloma is carrying Maggie, which makes her tired. It also causes her to need more energy from food and sleep. Maggie is getting a free ride from Paloma so that she doesn't have to expend any energy, but at the cost of Paloma.
Maggie and Paloma are hugging each other, evoking positive emotions from both parties. Since both of them benefit, it is mutualism.