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Warm up: Warm-up: Coastal Dunes

• What’s alive in this picture? What is non-living? • Make a T-chart and list.

Coastal Dune Scrub

• There are nonliving and living factors th t i t li i f t that interact. t • Which of the nonliving factors change on a daily basis? b i ? • What is the only living thing that doesn’t leave?

General Environmental Conditions

• The weather changes every day so plants can day, give you clues about what the environment is usually like.

What can these plants tell you about the usual weather (rainfall, temperature, etc.)? ( i f ll t t t )?

Tropical Rainforest

What can these plants tell you about the usual weather ( (rainfall, temperature, etc.)? p )
North American Desert

Coastal Dune Scrub • As you look at these plants do plants, they remind you more of a y y rainforest or a desert? • Be ready to explain your decision!

Mock Heather
with flowers

Silver Dune Lupine

Mock Heather

Black Sage

Wallflower

California Aster

• The plants have small leaves, leaves and go dormant during the summer, so…

CDS Environment • There’s not very much rain! There s • The plants are g p growing in g sandy soil- there’s not much nutrition for them them.

• Where do they get nutrients?

Lichens

• Lichens fungus+algae Lichens= • The dissol e n trients They dissolve nutrients in sand and wood to release minerals for p plants.

Vegetation Layers

• Tree Layer- tallest makes Layer tallest, shade • Shrub Layer- 1’-6’ tall, y , woody stems • Herb Layer- soft stems, growing low to ground

Tree? Shrub? Herb?

Tree? Shrub? Herb?
Buck Brush

CROTON

Tree? Shrub? Herb?

Tree? Shrub? Herb?

Tree? Shrub? Herb?