Soils and Biomes

What element is absorbed in plants in the greatest quantity?
Nitrogen
What element is particularly essential in early maturity and the formation of seeds and fruit?
Phosphorus
What element helps to promote overall vigor of the plant
Potassium
Tropical Rain Forrest
Uniform temperatures, humid, “laditudinal”
Tundra vs. Desert
Biggest difference is temperature. Both get almost the same amount of rain.
Estuaries
Fresh water meets salt water. Very delicate with high biodiversity
Costal Wetlands

Covered with salt water all or part of the year

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Zones of freshwater lake

1. littoral zone

2. linetic

3. profundal

Types of wetlands

1. Swamps: Wetland w/ Trees

2. Marshes: Wetlands w/o Trees

3. Bogs: Saturated Grounds (peat)

Marine Ecosystem

Non Terrestrial

(tropical) Coral Reefs

Oceans

Non Terrestrial

Creates most oxygent that we breath

Hydroscopic
water that is not available (moist sponge)
capillary H20 

Adheres to other water

It is available (water that falls out of a sponge when you squeeze it)

Gravitational Water
(unavailable water) water that falls down out of a sponge when you pick it up.
Sand
Largest Particles in the soil. They feel “Gritty”
Silt
medium sized. they feel soft, silky, or “floury”
Clay
smallest sized particles and they feel sticky, and they are hard to squeeze.
Terrestrial Biomes
Large Terrestrial community that is recognized by its floral and fauna
Tundra

Coldest of all the biomes

Low precipitation rate

Almost no trees due to short growing season

Temperate Deciduos Forests
go through four seasons 
Grassland Prarie
Grasses. Temperature is dependent on latitude
Desert
Like tundra, but hotter
succession
well orderly change of one community by another over a long period of time
Secondary Succession
A natural of man made disaster has occured resulting in the destruction of the successional stage of growth