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Old 04-28-2012, 01:21 PM   #11
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chicago Illinois USA

I find it amazing how shifts in topography, rainfall (even moisture retention or evaporation through temperture changes and ground cover) and especially light, can influence the plants growing in a particular community.
When fire and/or grazing or even storms like the tornadoes that wreck such havoc in the midwest keep the tree canopy thinned out some trees will adapt to the disturbance and grow.Then a whole configuration adaptation occurs within the plant and animal communities. Forest succession eternally thwarted.
"Half Earth Quest" Edward O. Wilson

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Minnesota

I am amazed by the plants that thrive in my prairie ecosystem. The winters are so brutal and cold, and the summers can be extremely hot and dry. I have family in Michigan, and even though our distance isn't that great, it is amazing to me the difference in temperatures between our locations. Our winters are much colder than theirs, and our summers are hotter. While they will be at 5 degrees in January, we will be -20. And in July when they are 75-80, we will often be 90 and 95. Native plants and ecosystems deserve our respect!
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