Biodiversity Facts

Biodiversity Facts
Biodiversity is the term used to describe the many different living things here on Earth. These living things include animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, and other living organisms. Biodiversity is often used to describe the total number of different species within an ecosystem. This amount ranges among the various ecosystems in different regions around the world.
Interesting Biodiversity Facts:
Although over time it has increased, biodiversity has steadily gone down in the past 35 years.
The current declining of biodiversity is comparable to the massive extinction of many animals over 65 million years ago.
Coral reefs have the most diversity of all ecosystems on Earth.
On land, areas near the equator tend to be more diverse because of the pleasant climate.
Biodiversity is very important to an ecosystem because each species plays a different role in the maintenance of the ecosystem.
Disasters tend to ruin an ecosystem but if biodiversity is high, the ecosystem will be able to recover quickly.
Preserving a species and its habitat is one way to ensure an increase in biodiversity.
The increase in global warming is a huge factor that decreases biodiversity by destroying habitats of certain organisms.
Changes in ocean temperature, length of seasons, and amount of precipitation are all factors that affect the level of biodiversity.
Planting certain types of trees outside your home or school is one way to combat the decrease in biodiversity because it helps control climate.
A biodiversity hotspot is an area that contains organisms (both plants and animals) that do not live in any other part of the world.
Madagascar is an example of a biodiversity hotspot because roughly 98% of its living organisms cannot survive anywhere else on Earth.
Although many governments around the world have passed laws to ensure biodiversity, there are over 300 extremely endangered species that have no laws to protect them.
Pollution and the introduction of foreign species are other factors that contribute to the decrease in biodiversity by hindering the proper development of ecosystems.
About .1% of species are lost each year.

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