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Mountain Environmental Zones:
Biomes of the World - Mountains, published 1999 by Grolier Educational, Canbury, CT
Highest altitude there is continuous snow. There is no vegetation present.
Above the timber line there is no more trees just meadows of grasses and wild flowers with an occasional small shrub. Right below the timber line are coniferous trees that are spread out.
As you move downward there is a coniferous forest with cone trees like firs and pines.
In the middle latitudes, at the base to part way up the mountains there are broad leaved forests with beech and ash trees or in warmer climates toward the equator a tropical rain forest is present.
by Ian BC North on Flickr by OneofThem on Flickr by hectorthebat on Flickr.
Animals of the Mountains:
by polandeze on Flickr
| Mountain Hare|
by santanartist on Flickr
| Mountain Goats|
by ahisgett on Flickr
by artct45 on Flickr
| Mountain Lions|
by stoichiometry on Flickr
| Rattle Snake|
by jeff k on Flickr
| Alpine Marmots|
by mape_s on Flickr
| Bighorn Sheep|
Plant of the Mountains:
by James Gordon on Flickr
| Mountain Chaparral|
photo by jarrodamoore on Flickr
| Mount Cook Lily|
by vuturistic on Flickr
by Martin Labar on Flickr
| Mountain Ash Fruit|
by Maggie T on Flickr
| Indian Paintbrush|
A diagram that shows the feeding relationships between organisms in an ecosystem.
This photo is John M. Owens at the University of Florida.
The Food Web starts with grass.
The grass will be eaten by herbivores witch gives them energy.
In the end the carnivores and omnivores eat the herbivores.
And this Food Web continues.
Conservation Problems: Mountains are suffering from logging issues. People are cutting the trees down and this is hurting the plant and animal life in many national parks. Without plant cover, erosion has become a problem as soil runs down the mountain. To prevent this we need to stop the logging on steep mountain sides where soil can just run off. As we log off mature trees, we need to immediately replant new trees. Also you could start up an Alpine Mountain Club - cleaning operation. Mountains have become a big area for tourism, which creates jobs and improves living standards for many people in that area, but there are many disadvantages. Environmental disadvantages because of tourism, are mountain areas have been polluted from traffic and from people littering.
Questions (help for all the questions):
- What is a mountain?
- How are mountains formed?
- what are the five basic mountains?
- What is the tallest mountain in the world?
- What is the longest mountain rang in the world?
- What is special about the Himalayas?
- Where are the fourteen mountains on earth that are higher than 8,000 meter (26,457 feet) above sea level?
- What are some two major environmental problems occurring in mountain areas?
- How do many herbivores deal with seasonal changes in temperature?
- What is the timber line?
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