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Our presentation is about cimarron national grasslands. Hope you learn a lot from it
Cimarron national grasslands
BY: Gem Gatmaytan, Sumedh Panatula, and Nick Kelley
Where is it
The Cimarron National Grasslands are located in Elkhart, Kansas.
Between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River.
And also, it was mostly now just used for agricultural reasons
Here is a picture of how it is in right now:
What Happened to Cimarron national grasslands
Cimarron National grasslands was a very bountiful grassland till 1879. That was when the Beasty Brothers came and made Point of Rocks Ranch. After that Wheat farmers moved in and had bountiful harvests. But in the 1930's a Dust Bowl drought came and swept over all of Kansas. The people who were effected the most was Morton county. TH e federal government started to bought land from the bankrupt farmers, restored it and by 1960 Cimarron National Grasslands was made. This grasslands have been dedicated to " water conservation, wildlife management, recreation, and mineral production." You can see oil and gas wells across the grasslands. In more recent events in 2010 a wildfire broke out and took out half of the grasslands. However, the rainfall in 2012 has greened up the grasslands.
Why we care about ecosystems
The importance of ecosystems is that they provide Habitats, Aesthetics, And give homes to animals that inspires inventors to create new things. One more reason that is major is that these ecosystems house all sorts of plants and trees that help produce oxygen and take away carbon dioxide, which is an ever growing problem as this is what is causing global warming. It also houses plants that open our minds vastly. As we humans take away some parts in a ecosystems this breaks up the food chains which could cause an entire ecosystem to break apart or endanger animals or even run the extinct. These ecosystems also provide goods and services that humans need. Some of these examples are fresh water, animals for us to farm and go hunting for, helps clean the air, fuel as in oil, medicines,
Real World Example
Yellowstone National Park
There was a time in the park that they took out the wolves for a solid 70 years or so.
Since the wolves weren't there, the elk population had increased by a lot. More than it was supposed to.
The greenery in the park also decreased by a lot because of the elk grazing by, and eating it.
When the wolves were let back into the park they ate a good and necessary majority of the elk.
The population of the elk minimized and the vegetation grew back.
Because of this, the vegetation made it so that there was less erosion and the river banks stabilized and changed course.
Local to Global ecosystems
Kelsey creek park
We know you know about Kelsey creek as you've ran it so many times but here are some facts that you may not know
Kelsey creek park is over 150 acres
It has been there for over 80 years
It was originally a giant forest that was more than 500 acres before we started to pave roads and cut down all of the trees
Cimarron has a much larger scale of an area because it has a bigger history of an ecosystem. Kelsey creek park has similar traits relating to the Cimarron national grasslands because of the animals and plants.
I learned that your backyard can be an ecosystem, but only if you take care of it and you want it to be there. There are plenty of ecosystems out there, you just need to sit down and think about it.
One of the Bellevue ecosystems that we chose was the Kelsey Creek Park (I'm pretty sure you guys all know it), what I learned about is that this ecosystem has a lot of ponds. These big batches of water are from the rain from the rivers, lakes, or creeks nearby. The closest one is probably Kelsey Creek. All ecosystems have three things in common, they have plants, animals, and water. Some of these common things does connect with our backyard.
Citations and Sources
Individual - a single organism (Ex: A bison)
Population – All the individuals of one species (Ex: a herd of bison)
Community - All of the populations interacting in a specific area (Ex: a Herd of bison and a flock of geese)
Ecosystem – A system of Abiotic and abiotic factors in a specific area
Biotic – Living organisms and products of organisms (POOP)
Abiotic – Nonliving (Dead is Biotic)
Food web - A diagram that shows how energy goes through a ecosystem
Adaptation – A structure or behavior of an organism that increases its chance of surviving and reproducing
60 Cimarron National Grasslands was made. This grasslands have been dedicated to " water conservation, wildlife management, recreation, and mineral production." You can see oil and gas wells across the grasslands. In more recent events in 2010 a wildfire broke out and took out half of the grasslands. However, the rainfall in 2012 has greened up the grasslands.