Biodiversity from pole to pole
Inquiry into the differences within taxa
using a latitude gradient hypothesis
an extension of
"Survival within the Circle
Varied biotic and abiotic factors associated with different latitudes
fosters biodiversity within a given taxa. This activity defines what
these biotic and abiotic factors are and how they influence biodiversity
of a group of organisms. Students will research the geography and
climate of a specific biome and develop a profile of the area. Using
their profile, they will describe its affect on an organism. The
class will choose a taxa by concensus, based upon their preliminary research
into the diveristy of life of their chosen biome.
Teams of 3-4 will choose a latitude coordinate with a varience of 20 degrees
in either the northern or southern hemisphere.
Identify the specific biome(s) that your latitude includes.
Your research should include the following:
average length of day/season
geography of the biome, (landforms, soil types, water source, topography)
general description of flora and fauna
Generate a list of interesting organisms found in your biome
As a class, you will reach concensus of a taxa that will be the concentration
for our research efforts.
In researching your taxa the following characteristics should be included:
# of similar groups
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