6 in 60 – Number 37: Habitats

I’m off on holiday for the next couple of weeks but when I come back I’m going to be doing three different sea habitat 6 in 60s so to get us started lets learn the basics on habitats!

  1. The basic definition of a habitat is “the natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism”
  2. For terrestrial mammals by far the most common habitat is forest. Shrub lands and grasslands are the next most favoured habitats.
  3. For marine species, the most common habitat is oceanic followed closely by
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    Burning the forests to make room for Oil Palm Trees.

    intertidal. It is noteworthy that there are no marine mammals in the deep benthic marine zone.

  4. The principle cause of habitat loss is human activity. This activity includes the land and resources we use, all of our production and consumption, and the wastes we discard.
  5. Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for conserving species and natural habitats. They also contribute to the livelihoods and well-being of local communities and society more broadly.
  6. Freshwater habitats include bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. About 3% of Earth’s water is freshwater, but this includes the water locked up in the ice caps and trapped in rocks and soil as groundwater.

The Sources

Facts 1 – 3 come from the IUCN article on habitats. Fact 4 and 5 come from the wwf page on human activities affecting habitats (its also where I got that wonderful picture). Fact 6 comes from the BBC Nature page on habitats.

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