NonA Weekly: FROM BARREN TO THE DEEP SEA
The desert’s arid conditions mean that soils take a long time to recover when they are disturbed. This lack of water makes desert landscapes vulnerable. Increasing evaporation and dust storms are pushing deserts out into communities at their edges. This desertification is exacerbated by human exploitation of ecosystems that border deserts, causing land degradation, soil erosion and sterility, and a loss of biodiversity.
Healthy and diverse aquatic habitats mean healthy and diverse populations of fish. Habitats are simply those places where aquatic species live. But also, aquatic ecosystems support a diverse assortment of animals including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.
Prepare yourself, as this week we dig into the Desertic Habitats, Water Habitats and Deltas.
1. DESERTS HABITATS
Deserts are characterized by their rainfall – or rather, their lack of it. Plants, animals and other organisms that live in DESERTS have evolved to survive harsh conditions, scarce water and barren landscapes.
2. AQUATIC HABITATS
The aquatic biome includes HABITATS around the world dominated by water. Aquatic ecosystems are divided into two main groups based on their salinity – freshwater habitats and marine habitats.
A biome is a large area characterized by its vegetation, soil, climate, and WILDLIFE. There are five major types of biomes: aquatic, grassland, forest, desert, and tundra, though some of these biomes can be further divided into more specific categories, such as freshwater, marine, savanna, tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, and taiga.
4. DESERT HABITAT
Many deserts were formed 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. DESERTS are the driest places on Earth – they get fewer than 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain a year. Some deserts may get a lot of rain all at once. Then it might not rain again for months – or even years!
5. DESERT ARCHITECTURE: MODERN BUILDINGS IN ARID ENVIRONMENTS
These manifestations of modern desert ARCHITECTURE reveal how design and material can combat the challenging climatic conditions of arid environments and extreme temperatures. Like the cactus and the camel, buildings must adapt to survive.
Deltas are wetlands that form as rivers empty their water and sediment into another body of water, such as an ocean, lake, or another river. Although very uncommon, deltas can also empty into land. Deltas are also important wetland HABITATS. Plants such as lilies and hibiscus grow in deltas, as well as herbs such as wort, which are used in traditional medicines.
7. ABOUT AQUATIC HABITATS
The habitat is the water and all the other things that the fish needs to complete its lifecycle: like food and places to shelter and to breed. AQUATIC habitats can be described in many ways including the natural materials that comprise the habitat, the type of vegetation present, the shape and nature of the habitat, or the overall ecosystem.
Stay creative and see you all next week!