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MidtermWFC5009 - climate(b What are some of the threats to...

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WFC 50 Name: Winter 2009 ID#: Section # or time: MIDTERM EXAM This examination is worth 50 points (25% of course grade). Please read the questions carefully and choose from among the questions. Please select and write on 5 of the following 8 short essay questions . I consider a short essay to be one-half page; you may continue on the back of the page for a few sentences as necessary. 1. (a) Why does California have so many biomes? (b) Please draw and label the major biomes on a simple map of the state. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. 2. (a) What is a Mediterranean climate? (b) Please give a detailed example of a vertebrate and its adaptation to life in its Mediterranean biome in California. 1
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3. (a) Inland fish in California: How do fish adapt to living in California’s Mediterranean
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Unformatted text preview: climate? (b) What are some of the threats to our native freshwater fish species/populations? 4. (a) What is a wetland? (b) For a specific type of wetland (please state what type of wetland this is), list 2 species of vertebrates that live there, and discuss how they adapt to and use that wetland. 2 5. How do vertebrates adapt to the desert biome (e.g, what are the challenges to desert living)? You may provide some species-specific examples, if you would like. 6. (a) Why does California have so many endemic species? (b) Why is it considered a “biodiversity hotspot” on the Earth? 7. The California Central Valley has a very high diversity (e.g., high numbers) of bird species. Why is this? 3 8. How has the biodiversity of our California grasslands changed over time? 4...
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