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 What is more important: the economy or the environment? Unfortunately in today’s modern society, the economy tends to take priority. As you can see in the graph above, the belief that economic growth should be the priority has grown over the past years and continues to increase. However, if we want to see the world continue to flourish and survive, we must realize that the environment needs to be our main concern. In the long run, this is the best choice. Only if our environment and world around us is healthy can we continue to develop our ever growing economy.

We must preserve our coastal systems rather than develop them to increase economic growth. The life in our ocean planets is just as important as the people in our communities. It is difficult to preserve our coasts because of the growing attraction to living along coastal zones. Should we focus on the economic health of our community or the environmental concerns? In Florida, for example, the coasts are in constant threat from hurricanes and other storms. Even so, society continues to develop along the coasts, increasing the threat of coastal erosion. There are plenty of other places where our economy can flourish- lets not make coastal zones one of them.
Which street will you choose to walk on?


For my project, I developed an economically advanced island while preserving the coastal zones and keeping them healthy. Using Loggerhead Barrier Island as a blank slate, I was able to see the difficulties of maintaining both economy and environment. While there was a resort, a golf course, two restaurants, a subdivision of homes, a boardwalk, and much more, I was able to keep the nesting sea turtles, mangroves, and Scrub Jay Habitat safe. To create the least amount of environmental impact, I placed the tourist resorts and homes right in the middle of the island and left the environmental aspects of the island safe. The board walk was placed far from the sea turtles and other organisms. Because Loggerhead Barrier Island is home to one of the only sea turtle nesting sites, it was crucial that I kept them safe and away from the harmful societal issues. It is not worth it to eliminate and destroy the amazing aspects of our enviornment just to grow our economy. It may take some time, but our goal should be to change that graph and make society’s main concern the enviornment.

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There are many adaptations that
flora and fauna must have in order to survive.
During our field trip to Plum Island, I noticed many different kinds of
adaptations that the plants had developed.
Many of the plants had deep roots in order to retain water because they
live in sand.  Because the plants are
living in sand, the long roots help the plant to reach a water source.  The plants also had waxy leaves in order to
wick the salty ocean water away.  By wicking
the salt away from its roots, the plant avoids becoming dried out from the
salt.  Many of the plants were very flexible.  This flexibility helps the
plant to survive because it helps the plant move with the water instead of
trying to stand in powerful waves.  The flora at Plum Island has adapted over the years to withstand the extreme
conditions that the beach has to offer.

As I walked the beach at Plum Island, I noticed that not only the flora had
adaptations, but the fauna did also.
These animals, including seagulls, fish, etc. have evolved to live on
the beach or in the ocean.  The seagulls
had webbed feet so that they could float and move around in the ocean water.  I also noticed that they had hard, curved
beaks to help them to break the shells of their prey.  The fish had gills so that they could take in
oxygen from the ocean water.  They also had scales that could help them to camouflage from their prey.  Finally, I saw many crabs that had claws for protection from their predators.  Some of the crabs had multicolored patterns in order to scare off their predators.  The fauna at Plum Island have adapted and will continue to adapt as the climate and conditions of the beach change.

The adaptations of flora and fauna are directly related to the changes that occur
at the beach.  For example, as the climate gets colder, the flora and fauna must change in order to survive.  As the climate gets cooler, the plants must get more hardy and durable.  The fauna must also create adaptations to stay warm and get through the winter.  As Plum Island changes, the flora and fauna will adapt accordingly.

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ARCTIC BIOME

I have learned that the arctic biome is a very interesting place.  Most of the arctic biome occures at the poles, and it is also in europe.  Their is an interesting animal in the area.  It is called the Ibex, and it looks like a deer. Their are also interesting plants, and they include chesnut trees, regular trees, shrubs, and some grass plains. Most of the arctic biome is snow and mountains, but their is also some grass. The temperature in the arctic biome is very cold and is usually zero degrees farenheit. Overall the arctic biome is a very interesting place.

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I think this exercise was very good. It was good to learn about all of the biomes. It is weird how the different animals can live in these places. Like polar bears, it is phenomenal how they can live in the arctic and not freeze to death. Also if they lived in any different biome they would die. It is unbelievable how most animals can survive, but also not be able to survive. I think humans are the only ones that adapt to new habitats quickly because all we have to do is put on a coat or something like that.

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In class our assignment was to create a brochure on a biome. I was assigned a hot desert biome. This biome would not be very suitable for humans becuase it gets to hot and in the night it gets hot as anything. In my research i found out about the organisms that call the desert home. There are not a lot of different types of animals found in the desert, but the ones that are there are cool. My favorite is the Armadillo Lizard. I think that that animal would beatdown any animal in the desert. Doing the brochure on the biome was an enriching experience, but I will never know truly how things go down in the desert. I will not because I have never been there. In order for someone to truly know what happens in the desert, they have to live there .

http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/desert.htm

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The Oil spill that has happened in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t that bad. It will only kill thousands of plants and animals but, who really cares about the baby turtles, fish and birds. They shouldn’t deserve to live since they are stupid enough to eat the oil. Anyways, the CEO of Bp, Tom Hayward says “the effects will be very modest” so don’t bother worrying about it. This HAS to be true cause he would never lie about this.

Also, the Gulf of Mexico is a big OCEAN and the oil spill is only a small portion of it. If worse comes to worse the oil may disperse into the marshes and possibly into the Gulf stream which will then travel all over the world. These marshes only harbor a entire ecosystem. Take for example the brown Pelican. Some of these birds are so incrusted in oil that they cant fly and the fish they eat to survive are dying too. As of this moment there has been no solution to fixing this minor problem and were looking for solutions so if you have any ideas please share.

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So recently in class we did a project on Biomes. We had to make a pretty little brochure and present it to the class. I had Temperate Grasslands which was fairly interesting and i liked learning about it. I certainly learned things I did not know previously. However, one thing about the project i did not like was that it seemed really rushed. It was very brief and the presentations were hardly memorable. Overall however, i think it was a fair project.

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