WHAT ARE FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS?
What do they include?
Freshwater Ecosystems are areas that have no salt unlike saltwater ecosystems like oceans and seas. Bodies of freshwater include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands (marshes, swamps and bogs). The largest lake in New Zealand is Lake Taupo stretching to an incredible 616 km2. Freshwater Ecosystems cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations spread all over the world.
Some characteristics of a freshwater environment are that the water has a minimum amount of salt making it safe to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most Freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish.
Plants are a big part of freshwater ecosystems. One of the big things plants need to have are strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Plants have learnt to adapt to this environment. Some Freshwater Biome Plants include Water Lilies, Algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. As well as that, there are many plants located on the shoreline of many freshwater ecosystems.
As well as plants there are multitudes of animals located in the freshwater ecosystems. These animals have/had to learn to adapt to the harsh environment. There are two types of animals living in a freshwater environment. Lake animals and land animals. Some lake animals include plankton, crayfish, snails etc.
Freshwater ecosystems are as important to humans as they are to animals or plants. We use freshwater in a multiple of ways. We use it to drink, for cooking, we even use fresh water to clean ourselves. Without fresh water, we would probably not be here. Pollution and Industrial Dumping from humans contaminate freshwater ecosystems.
WHAT ARE FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS?
A Freshwater Ecosystem is an area of water that has minimal amounts of salt unlike saltwater environments like oceans and seas, making it safe and reliable to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish. Did you know that freshwater environments cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations all around the world? There are lots of bodies of freshwater such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands (marshes, swamps, bogs) etc. One of the largest lakes in New Zealand is Lake Taupo, stretching to an incredible 616 km2 and the deepest lake is Lake Hauroko with 462m deep. New Zealand has some amazing fresh water features.
Freshwater Ecosystems affect plants and animals just as much as they affect us. They are a big part of freshwater environments. There are many things that they need so they can adapt to the environment. For example, plants need to have very strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Some plants include water lilies, algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. There are also many types of plants on the shoreline of the water. As well as plants, there are multiple animals living in freshwater ecosystems. These animals have had to adapt to the harsh environment. Did you know that there are two types of animals living in freshwater environments, Lake Animals and Land Animals? Some Lake Animals include plankton, snails, crayfish etc. while some Land Animals include frogs, turtles etc. As you can see Freshwater Ecosystems have an abundance of plants and animals.
Humans are also deeply affected by Freshwater Ecosystems. Freshwater is human’s No. 1 source. We use it for drinking, cooking and even cleaning. Freshwater Ecosystems benefit us greatly but we’re polluting them. Rubbish, Industrial Dumping among many other problems are reducing the amount of freshwater environments. We could not live without freshwater yet we’re doing nothing to stop the pollution.
Overall, Freshwater Ecosystems are areas of freshwater. They have minimal amounts of salt making it safe to use in our everyday lives. Many humans, plants and animals benefit greatly from them.
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