Monday, November 29, 2010

Hitchiti Experiment Forest

Tree hugging and sticking hands in unknown holes 

Wild ginger is a plant indigenous to North America. It grows in moist, rich soils in shady woodlands. The leaves are shaped like a large heart or kidney, and they are hairy, dark green, and deeply indented at the stem.

Leaf litter decomposition is a source of nutrients in a forest ecosystem. Leaves are broken down by decomposers and organic material is released in the soil.

The southern pine beetle is one of the most destructive insects to the pine tree, especially in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. These insects multiply in outbreak proportions and kill large numbers of trees. The warning signs are: leaf discoloration, yellow needles becoming red, and groups of trees being effected over several hundred acres.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fav Aquatic Creatures

Photoplankton are tiny free-floating photosynthetic plants that support the marine food web like trees and grasses on land.

Zooplankton are microscopic animals that eat other plankton. They range from single-cell organisms to tiny crustaceans.

Aquatic macrophyte are aquatic plants that are large enough to be apparent to the naked eye. They are larger than most algae.

Found in the Amazon region of South America, angelfish are laterally compressed or look like a disc on edge with long fins coming out of the top and bottom and have 2 feelers in front of the anal or bottom fin. The tail is vertically oriented and may be scoop shovel shape to long and relatively narrow depending on the variety.

Crustaceans form a very large group of arthropods, usually treated as a subphylum. The group includes familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles. Most crustaceans are free-living aquatic animals, but some are terrestrial.

Mammals are any of the various warm-blooded vertebrate animals of the class Mammalia. This includes humans, characterized by a covering of hair on the skin and, in the female, milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing the young.

My Opinnion on Animal Testing

I am not that fond of animals in general, but I do believe that animals have rights.  Animals do not deserve to be exploited by humans for profit or exploited for any means that specifically harm the animal. I know that there are advantages to using animal testing, but it seems unethical to me to exploit another living creature no matter the end results.