Personal Local Ecosystem

Describe the ecosystem in the area in which you live in terms of plant life, animal life, and geology. What populations and communities are present?

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Humans are indeed the great eroders. I live in a large city, Fort Worth, Texas. The entire area has been remade into a suburban area. As a consequence the predominate grass is Saint Augustine, the predominant tree is the Live Oak, and the predominate bush is the Holly. In terms of animal life, I would say that it is mostly domesticated dogs, cats, etc… It is a mostly flat area. Not even a large hill within sight. This type of environmental manipulation has lead to many unforeseen consequences. For instance, almost everyone in this area has allergies at least part of the years because the different predominate plants all pollinate at the same time.   

How dependent is your community on this ecosystem? What are the limiting factors of the ecosystem?

I guess the major problem with this type of artificial ecosystem is that without natural occurring biodiversity most species of wild animals and plant are limited. For instance, a limiting factor for most wild predators such as wolves or foxes is that there are very few wild autotrophic animals around to feed on. I mean we kill all of the rats and pests because it is such a densely populated area. There would be nothing for them to eat.

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Pruitt, N. L., & Underwood, L. S. (2006). Bioinquiry: Making connections in biology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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