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3.1.6 Project: Explore Your Local EcosystemEnvironmental Science Sem 1Yumna Jafri18 February 2020Part 1: Background Check (5 points)1. Read all the instructions for the project, including the questions you will answer after your observationsare complete.2. During the project, you will use multiple online sources. Explore the websites listed on the landingpage of this assignment.a. Identify the websites you think are reliable sources of information and describe your reasonsfor these selections. (1 point)
b. Identify the websites you think are not reliable sources of information, and describe yourreasons for these selections. (1 point)
3. Describe the ecosystem in which you live. Include information about the climate (temperatures andprecipitation), abiotic factors (soil, water, winds, light, etc.), and biotic factors (plants and animals). (3points)
Part 2: Observations and Data Collection (30 points)Explore and Research
Visit natural areas in and around the location where you live and observe the abiotic (nonliving)and biotic (living) factors in those areas.If you live in an area that is not natural (a city, a farm, or another area that does not represent thenatural environment), visit as many nearby natural areas as possible.If you can't visit and directly observe a natural area, talk to someone at a local garden center, zoo,park, or school, or research the ecosystem of your area online.After you observe the abiotic and biotic factors in your area, use the Internet to learn more aboutthe ecosystem of the area.Be sure to:Follow safe practices during this investigation.Use discretion when selecting websites to view for research purposes.Materials:Map of the areaBinocularsField guidesCameraPencil or penPaper for recording observationsAccess to the InternetObserve and Record Data1. Observe the flora (plants) of your ecosystem.

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