Article Question and Essay Packet
1) SEA OF DEBRIS
a. What is causing the sea of debris?
b. How much debris is produced every day from the Los Angeles area alone?
c. What percent of the world’s oceans are covered with debris?
d. What is the impact of this debris on wildlife? On habitat?
e. What can be done about it?
Vocabulary: Monofilament line Ulceration Entanglement Versatility Touted
Google: Impact of plastic waste on the environment.
2) SOUTHERN BIODIVERSITY
a. What is this article about?
The article is about helping animals in Florida. For example the people who work at the Center in St. Petersburg, Florida are trying to protect panthers and manatees from habitat degradation and death by vehicle.
They are also petitioned wildlife management agencies to protect 400 species of fish in freshwater in the Southeast.
b. Where is their area of concern?
c. List organisms being impacted.
Humans, panthers, Elkhorn, stag horn coral, manatees, crayfishes, western chicken turtles, and salamanders.
d. What is causing the problem?
The thing that is causing the problem is humans. Humans who run over panthers or leave fishing gear in the water that will eventually kill a harmless animal is what is the problem. Also buying houses or overpopulating forcing animals to leave their natural habitat.
e. What can be done?
You can care about animals and not just go plowing them down when you see them.
Vocabulary: Amidst: Amidst is being in the midst or middle of. Oil dispersants: Oil dispersants are chemicals that break up oil.