Ecology, Environments, and Habitats

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Ecology

Ecology is defined as the study of an organisms interactions with their physical surroundings and relationships with one another.

Exploring Our World

There is no better way to learn about an environment than by spending time within it and directly experiencing the heat/cold, dry/wet, forested/desert/grassland, and high/low altitude differences. It becomes easier to understand why the plants and animals have acclimated to each environment as they have.

Terrestrial Habitats and Environments

Temperate Forest

The seasons come and go with the annual cycle of sun, rain, and snow.

Temperate Rainforest

High elevations with cooler temperatures and high rainfall.

Palm Forest

Vegetation must acclimate to steep slopes, unstable soils, and higher elevations while animals must acclimate to wet and shaded conditions.

Sub-Tropical Rainforest

With less precipitation than a rainforest and a dry season each year, these forests allow light to reach the ground.

Open Plains and Prairie Grasslands

Temperate grasslands can have hot summers and cold winters.

Volcanic

An extreme environment where organisms must acclimate to high temperature and high alkalinity.

Caves

It is a relatively empty environment, full of darkness and often without life.

The Dry Desert

Deserts are typically depicted as miles of hot barren sand. In reality, they are areas with low moisture or rainfall and can be either hot or cold.

Mountain and Alpine

High altitude environments present many challenges such as lower oxygen levels, decreasing plant varieties for food, steep climbs, and colder temperatures.

Freshwater Habitats

Riparian

The areas near flowing fresh water usually provide for abundant plant and animal life, even if they must acclimate to water always moving in one direction.

Saltwater Habitats

Marine

The seas and oceans are home to many creatures that must adapt to salty water.

Ocean

The oceans actually contain many environments from the polar waters to the tropics and from surface to ocean floor.

Coral Reef

This environment thrives in temperate waters with tidal action.

Beaches

Beaches can be a harsh environment due to the constantly changing saltwater tides, shifting sands, and strong winds.

Other Habitats

Atmosphere

The sky is home to the creatures that were designed to fly above the Earth and in the face of the Heavens.

Night

Such creatures must acclimate to the low light levels for their nightly activities and master the art of hiding during the day when they rest.

Micro Environments

Sometimes a creatures environment is very small. They have become acclimated to a single species of plant for food, for a home, or for use in protection and camouflage.

Island

Unique and isolated situations that can produce a ‘Founder Effect’.

Barren Landscape

There is an extreme lack of vegetation where creatures are exposed and unprotected.

Last Updated: 08 / 2017
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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