NonA Weekly: NATURAL HABITATS
Grasslands have many names – prairies in North America, Asian steppes, savannahs and veldts in Africa, Australian rangelands, and pampas, llanos and cerrados in South America. But they are all places where there is too little rain for trees to grow in great numbers.
Tundra ecosystems are treeless regions found in the Arctic and on the tops of mountains, where the climate is cold and windy, and rainfall is scant. Tundra lands are covered with snow for much of the year, but summer brings bursts of wildflowers.
This week it’s time to explore the concepts around Grassland Habitats and Tundra & Mountainous habitats.
1. TUNDRAS, EXPLAINED
Barren TUNDRA lands are home to hardy flora and fauna and are one of the Earth’s coldest, harshest biomes.
2. GRASSLAND HABITATS
Grassland ecosystems can support high densities of grazing animals. They are HOME to many familiar and fascinating species that live in herds, including zebras and antelopes, and the predators that prey on them, like lions and cheetahs.
3. EARTH A NEW WILD
The series takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating SPECIES. Produced by National Geographic Studios in association with Passion Planet, the series is hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist.
4. MOUNTAINS HABITATS
Mountains capture water from the atmosphere and store it as snow and ice that supplies streams and rivers throughout the year. Half the world’s population depends on MOUNTAINS for their drinking water or hydroelectric power.
5. THE BERG: THE BIGGEST ARTIFICIAL MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD
German architect Jakob Tigges has projected a new and visionary LANDMARK in Berlin. He plans to build a mountain of 1,000 meters high called “The Berg”, which would become a never-before-seen tourist destination in the German capital city.
6. START WITH THE GRASSLANDS
A design guidelines to support native grasslands in urban areas. It provides GUIDANCE for the design and management of native grasslands (both large and small) within the Victorian urban context to maximise environmental and social outcomes.
7. GRASSLANDS, EXPLAINED
Grasslands are found where there is not enough regular rainfall to support the growth of a forest, but not so little that a desert forms. In fact, GRASSLANDS often lie between forests and deserts.
Stay creative and see you all next week!