How will climate change affect the Everglades?
What is the meaning of a carbon sink?
Carbon moves from living things to the atmosphere. Each time you exhale, you are releasing carbon dioxide gas (CO2) into the atmosphere. Animals and plants need to get rid of carbon dioxide gas through a process called respiration. Carbon moves from fossil fuels to the atmosphere when fuels are burned.
How does carbon move through the four different spheres?
To adapt to survive dry seasons of the year it has to use its claws and tail to dig “gator holes” that will fill up with ground water. They do this to create an aquatic oasis for themselves as well as birds and fish. Amphibians, like frogs, have adapted so that they are sometimes required to live in wetlands.
As sea levels continue to rise over time, saturation occurs and salinity conditions increase in coastal areas, resulting in mangroves to migrate inland into areas of the Everglades that were previously freshwater marsh ecosystems and other types of wetlands habitats. Mangroves in Everglades National Park.
Is the Everglades a carbon sink?
A rise in surface temperature will increase the rate of evaporation from land and water to the atmosphere. As temperatures increase, the rate that plants release water into the air will also go up. As a result, irrigated farmlands and the Everglades will require more water.