SECTION IV: The Biosphere  Assignment 10
Week 13, 4.1 Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere

Reading Assignment:  Chapter 10
Cycles and Patterns in the Biosphere

Unit (Chapter) Plan:
(unit topics)
(things you must do)
Abilities Acquired
(what you learned)

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Contents (course topics):

The Impact of Plants and Animals on the Landscape
The Geographic Approach to the Study of Organisms
Biogeochemical Cycles
    The Flow of Energy
    The Hydrologic Cycle
    The Carbon Cycle
    The Oxygen Cycle
    The Nitrogen Cycle
    Other Mineral Cycles
Food Chains
The Search for a Meaningful Classification Scheme
    Seeking Pertinent Patterns
    Ecosystems and Biomes
    Ecosystem: A Concept for All Scales
   Biome: A Scale for All Biogeographers
Environmental Relationships
   The Influence of Climate
   Edaphic Influences
   Topographic Influences
    Predictive Correlations
People and the Environment:
   Wildfires in Yellowstone

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter 10 of your textbook
Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- Write the  driving force behind all life cycles in the entire biosphere
2.- Considering all major biogeochemical cycles, give the human input now.
3.- Give the name given to the zone of transition  that bound the world's biomes
4.-  Give the percent is fixed by photosynthesis of the total solar energy reaching the biosphere.
5.- Name the author who devised  the present binomial system of biological classification .
6.- Give the term that is give to the response of an organism to the amount of light it receives in a day.
7.- Give the name give to herbivorous animals in the language of the food chain.
8.- Write  the term for the total complex of plant and animal life in an area.
9.- Write the name give to the effects of soil on flora and fauna.
10.-  List the three components that are necessary for photosynthesis to occur.
11.- Name the end products of photosynthesis.
12.- State the main purpose of photosynthesis .
13.- Write the chemical component that plant decomposition releases into the atmosphere.
14.- In few words define what is an ecosystem.
15.- State how humans fit into the food pyramid.
16.- Give the basis for the Linnaean classification system.
17.- Give the number of biomes commonly accepted by scientific authorities.
18.- Give the main source of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide over the last century and a half.
19.- Identify the most plentiful substance making up the mass of most organisms.
20.- List three effect of wildfire
21.- List three sources of energy  for the biosphere
22.- Give the name for animals eating plants.
23.- State how the conversion of nitrates into free nitrogen is accomplished
24.- State why forest fires are necessary .
25.- Give the region of  the world where vegetation is absent.

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