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Unformatted text preview: Florida Aquarium The Florida Aquarium has many displays but is generally organized around the ecosystems that are found in and around Florida. These include both freshwater and estuarine wetlands, coastal zone, coral reefs, and deep water. You’re your way through the exhibits to answer Questions 1 through 7. 1. Identify two organisms from each ecosystem that have an adaptation that helps them to survive in that system. What is the organism, adaptation and how does it help the organism to survive. Ecosystem Organism Adaptation Reason for adaptation Wetlands Wetlands Coastal zone Coastal zone Coral reef Coral reef Deep ocean Deep ocean 2. For each ecosystem, describe one organism that is likely to fossilize and one that is unlikely to fossilize. What is the difference? What else is required for a fossil to form (hint: abiotic or non ­living factors)? Fossilize Will not fossilize Organism Quality that makes it fossilize or not 3. Name one organism in each ecosystem that is at risk for extinction. Name at least one organism trait and two specific human activities that contribute to the organism’s threatened/ endangered status that exist, today, in the organism’s native environment. Ecosystem Organism Organism trait Human activity Wetlands . . Coastal zone . . Coral reef . . Deep ocean . . 4. Which aquatic life zone describes each of the major ecosystems? Name three abiotic factors that characterize that zone? Ecosystem Aquatic zone Abiotic factors (3) Wetlands . . Coastal zone . . Coral reef . . Deep ocean . . 5. Why is there no open ocean represented at the Aquarium? Give three possible reasons and describe briefly your logic. 6. Which ecosystem is most likely to affected by nutrient pollution? Why? 7. Which ecosystem do you think provides the most natural capital? Why? (think about both natural resources and natural services) 8. Which of the 6 ecosystems do you think shows the most diversity? Why? 9. Which human activities do you think are the most disruptive to the ecosystem you chose in Question 8? Why? 10. For the ecosystem you chose in Question 8, write a paragraph describing that ecosystem’s important abiotic factors, biotic factors, producers, herbivores, intermediate carnivores, top predators, and any keystone or foundation species found in that system. ...
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