Tuesday, November 25, 2014

3 Species & A System


The Star-Nosed Mole is an animal found in Canada and northeastern parts of the United States. It lives in low wetland areas and enjoys eating things such as worms, mollusks, and small aquatic insects. Like other moles, this mole likes to dig tunnels. However, the star-nosed mole usually digs tunnels that exit in a body of water. These moles can be found all year round-even in the winter-because they have water-repellent fur. The tentacles located at the end of its nose are used to differentiate its food before eating with its average of 44 teeth. 
Size: About 15-20 Centimeters Long (Adults)
Weight: About 55 Grams (Adults)


The Aye-Aye is a native rodent-like animal to Madagascar. The extra long middle finger serves as a tool similar to the woodpecker's: it taps on wood to find grubs, chews a hole in the wood, and then uses its middle finger to dig the grub out. The Aye-Aye is the world's largest nocturnal primate. This animal is currently an endangered species. 


Located off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania, the Blobfish swims in the deep waters and is rarely seen by humans because it is difficult to find and examine their habitats. The depth at which the Blobfish resides is several times the amount of pressure than the amount at sea level. Its density is less than water, and it is a 'gelatinous mass.' Because its density is less than water, it can float above the floors of the ocean without using energy to swim. Lacking in muscle power, the Blobfish can effortlessly swallow edible floating matter in its path. 


A natural system found in nature is the cycle of decomposition. After a leaf or organic material dies and lays to 'rot' on the ground, soil fauna, microbes, and humus work to deteriorate the matter. They then turn this dead, organic material into new nutrient soil for other plant life to use. They also filter out any chemicals and release CO2. The plants then take the atmospheric CO2 in, and once the plants die, the cycle starts all over again. Small systems and cycles like this may not be easy to see with the naked human eye, but they are vital to the functioning of Earth. 






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