Physical Geography

Connections Unit Outline

At the end of this unit you will ...

1. Introduction

Patterns exist across the surface of the earth.  The PowerPoint located here will illustrate the distribution of landforms, climate, soils, vegetation and fauna.  Our task in this concluding unit will be to explore the interrelationships between these different distribution patterns and comment on human impact on these elements.

2. Ecosystems and Their Functions

The next section of material may be familiar to some of you who have taken (and remember) Grade 9 Geography and 10 Science.  Your will work through a set of lecture notes from an Okanagan University College Physical Geography Course.  You will be directed to some specific sections dealing with ecosystems and their functions.  Read through the material and take notes.  You may want to work with a partner to discuss the material.

Go to the Okanagan University College site and work through the following parts of Section 9: Biogeography:

(d) Organization of Life: Species, Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems
(j)  Introduction to the Ecosystem Concept
(k) Characteristics of the Earth's Terrestrial Biomes

3. Biome Study

Ecosystems can occur at a variety of scales – from a rotting log in a forest, a large lake, a mountain chain or a global scale ecosystem such as the Tropical Rainforest.  We will now do a survey of world biomes (large-scale ecosystems) and share our results.

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