Unit 2: The Ecozone Jigsaw

Unit 2: The Ecozone Jigsaw

UNIT 2: THE ECOZONE JIGSAW CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY 1202 ECOZONES Ecozone: A region based on a combination of natural and human characteristics that are similar throughout. Canada is divided into 20 ecozones 15 Terrestrial (land regions)

5 marine (ocean regions) Geographers break Canada up into ecozones to help discuss Canadas rich diversity Without any one ecozone Canada is incomplete ECOZONES

Habitat: the natural environment in which something lives Ecozones indicate the habitat of the plants and animals within them Ecology: the study of the interactions of living things with one another and with the non living parts of the environment. Ecologists and geographers use ecozones to study

CANADAS ECOZONES CHARACTERISTICS OF ECOZONES Ecozones are multi-factor regions. Multi-Factor Region: An area that is based on a combination of natural and human features that are the same throughout. Some of the factors that are used to describe

ecozones Geology include: Landforms Climate Soil Wildlife Humans

Natural Vegetation Water ARE ECOZONES USEFUL? Ecozones help geographers organize their research. Through looking at how all of the characteristics of an ecozone work together geographers are able to use systems thinking to address problems.

Ecozones are used by many government and non government agencies to study regions. Ecozones can be used for everything from planning for resource extraction to managing pollution. HUMANS AND ECOZONES People affect nature and can affect it in different waysthis is why ecozones include humans and their activities Humans are accelerating the pace of change in ecozones Humans cause serious and sometimes irreversible

damage. (smoggy air, polluted water, disappearing forests and animals, collapse of fisheries) BIODIVERSITY Biodiversity: The diversity of species of life on earth. Ecozones display biodiversity, they are all different. Some are more diverse than others. Observing the different species that occur in various ecozones provides a lot of information as to what is happening within the boundaries.

SEPARATING ECOZONES Boundaries: Lines drawn on a map that separate one feature from another The change from one ecozone to another is a gradual one. When you see a boundary on a map of ecozones it acutally marks a transition zone Transition Zone: Where the characteristics of one

feature gradually blend into those of the next ACTIVITY: Complete questions 1-5 on page 105 Complete these questions and be prepare to discuss in class next day.

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