It’s Alive Fun Facts

What is a good lesson without a few random, may-never-use-again but totally interesting facts! A few fun facts about biotic vs. abiotic & taxonomy.

  • The term taxonomy is Greek, taxis means arrangement, and nomos means law.
  • Abiotic factors are nonliving physical aspects of our environment. As humans, we have learned to alter those abiotic features in order to make our environment livable, such as using a heater to make us warmer.
  • For marine ecosystems, one of the most important factors is sunlight. In fact, scientists classify up to three parts of the marine ecosystem by the amount of light they receive.
  • Biotic is defined as pertains to life, while abiotic is defined as pertaining to no life. A helpful way to remember which is which.
  • Deserts don’t tend to get a lot of water which isn’t great for animals and plants. However, there is a plant called the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert that acts like a water tower with its many appendages and trunk that are filled with water. It typically grows over 24 appendages and can grow up to 50 feet tall!

This list is part of It’s Alive! [Unit 5]. Jump over to the unit main page to see all lessons and activities.

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