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Wallace 1 Biodiversity in an Aquatic Environment Joe Wallace Bio 100 Section 4 Lane Zarubi Matt Shuckerow Lab Instructor: Kevin Badik Lab Date: 9/8/08 Lab Due: 9/15/08
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Wallace 2 Introduction : There are many organisms that the human eye cannot see for they are too small. The main purpose for the lab we did on the lake was to measure the amount of biodiversity found in certain sections of the lake or the community. A community is “an assemblage of all the organisms living together and potentially interacting in a particular area” (Campbell 2007). There were three different aquatic zones that we examined, Littoral, pelagic, and benthic zones. Littoral is on the surface of the lake, pelagic is in the middle of the lake, and the benthic zone is close to the bottom of the lake. By examining all three regions, we get a chance to measure the difference in diversity according to one specific area. Biodiversity is the abundance of different species in a particular area. It is very important to have biodiversity because if species start to become eliminated, the strength of our community could be lessened. We all went out as a class and collected samples from the different aquatic zones of the lake. We then got our samples and took a look at each of them under a microscope and examined all the different species that were
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