Chaparral. Mr. Ward-Guthrie 11/26/13 8 th Grade Science. Chaparral – What is it?. Shrubland found in southern California and northern Baja California - Mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers - Important characteristic – serious wildfires!.
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8th Grade Science
Shrubland found in southern California and northern Baja California
- Mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers
- Important characteristic – serious wildfires!
Carnivores & Omnivores
Hydrogen is fused into helium in a nuclear reaction to produce energy
Producers (green plants) produce their energy from the sun via photosynthesis.
Their fruit, seeds, and leaves are eaten by the primary consumers.
Primary consumers eat the producers.
They, in turn, are eaten by the secondary and tertiary consumers.
Secondary consumers are typically omnivores, both eating plants and animals.
They, in turn, are eaten by the tertiary consumers, the predators.
Tertiary consumers, also known as apex predators, are ‘top’ of the food web.
Carnivorous, they eat any level of consumer in the food web.
In the food web, solar energy is passed along from the producers to the consumers.
Along the way, most of that original energy is lost, either as material that is not eaten (bone, stem, roots, etc.) or expended as the animal moves, breathes, reproduces or performs any of the functions required for life.
The circle of life is a not really a ‘circle’, but a complicated web of interactions.