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Biodiversity Lab Cont. - Draft

Submitted by sbrownstein on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:13

In comparing the hilly area to the flat area, the results portrayed that the hypothesis that there would be less diversity on a hilly area compared to a flat area because it would be very hard for the plants to absorb the nutrients was correct. Though it seems as if a hill would help to spread nutrients over a broader area of plants, the water would run down too quickly resulting in only a minimal amount of nutrients able to be absorbed. However, the nutrients would most likely be too little of an amount to fully saturate the roots of the plants. However, on a flat area, the nutrients can fully sink into the ground, providing much more room for diversity. In Table 2 of the hilly area, the data showed that species 6 dominated the area. From this, it can be assumed that this species is more suited for survival on a sloped area than most species of plants. This may be due to the plant having shorter roots or the plant being more self-sufficient and only requiring a small amount of nutrients to survive. It can further be presumed that on hilly areas specific types of plants will be found.