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Energy in the Ecosystem WebQuest
b. What is a predator?
c. What is an example of a producer that fish could eat?
d. What is the general term for organisms that live in soil and fallen leaves on the forest floor? What is one example of them?
2. Go to http://www.sciencebob.com/lab/q-web-chain.htmland answer this question: What is the difference between a food chain and a food web?
3. Go to http://www.cas.psu.edu/DOCS/WEBCOURSE/WETLAND/WET1/identify.html and answer these questions.
d. How many different food chains can you find in the food web pictured?
e. What is missing from this food web?
4. Go to http://www.crickweb.co.uk/assets/resources/flash.php?&file=foodchains to answer these questions. This site will lead to a “title” page. Click on the green box that looks like a food chain. After reading through the introductory page that follows, click on the “next” button in the upper left-hand corner.
a. Select “River” Habitat: Write out the food chain.
b. Select “Woodland” Habitat: Write down the food chain.
c. Select “Seashore” Habitat: Write down the food chain.
5. Go to http://marinediscovery.arizona.edu/lessonsF00/sea_cucumbers/2.html to answer these questions.
a. Why is phytoplankton so important to the marine (water) ecosystem?
b. From the information provided, what do you think is the difference between phytoplankton and zoo-plankton?
6. Go to http://www.vtaide.com/png/foodchains.htm to answer these questions.
a. In any ecosystem, there are fewer carnivores than herbivores. Why? [Your answer needs to specifically include a description of how energy is transferred.]
b. Why would it be extremely rare to find a food chain with nine links in it?
7. Go to answer these questions.
a. As energy passes to a higher trophic level, approximately ______ of the useful energy is lost.
b. What is the benefit to a society if everyone reduces the amount of meat they eat? [Use the concepts discussed with energy in the ecosystems to answer this question.]
8. Go to http://www.seafriends.org.nz/enviro/soil/depend.htm and browse the whole website. There are many controversial tidbits there, so take your time to understand what they are trying to say. After reading each section, write a question that you still have even after reading the site.
c. Food Requirements:
d. Meat or Vegetarian:
e. Why need soil:
g. Overall, what do you think about the message(s) found in this website?