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White Oaks Secondary School, Oakville, OntarioRachel BakkerSNC1DB-01January 8th 2018The fate of the hardwood hammocks: an individual report ___GRADE 9 ALPIntroductionThe world is made up of two kinds of people. One kind, is the kind which just go with whatever is happening, while the other kind, is the kind of people who care about what is happening and try and make whatever isn’t good, better. And most of the time, these second kinds of people are usually saving the first peoples’ lives without them even knowing it. These kinds of people are called activists. Activist are the kind of people that everyone needs around to help the world go round. The activists are the people, who really care about the Earth and the environment. These activists are the ones who have spread the word about how important the sustainability of the Earth is. The sustainability of the Earth is now a very important topic now that the ozone layer has been almost completely destroyed by the amount of pollution being given off by humans. According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), the amount of pollution in the past five years has increased by 5 percent. This is a number to be alarmed by, because since the population of the Earth is also increasing rapidly, we need to have new ways for people to do their everyday things in a more eco-friendly and sustainable way. Many people around the worlds are already introducing themselves to these kinds of lifestyles by using electric cars, and in some cases, switching to electronic cigarettes. These small actions help the world as a whole because of the amount of people taking action. The hardwood hammocks need action to be taken for the sustainability of the ecosystem because of the amount of endangered species living in it. What are the hardwood hammocks? The hardwood hammocks are a unique forest ecosystem found in South Florida, mainly known for their special kinds of trees, which close in as canopies. The hardwood hammocks have a large variety of biodiversity, but many of these animals and plants are severely endangered. This affects the sustainability of the hardwood hammocks because since many of the species are close to dying out in the coming years, and this will mean a huge decrease in the biodiversity of the ecosystem, and many of these species are most likely needed for the ecosystem to be healthy. The hardwood hammocks are also a big attraction for many scientific expeditions and experiments because of the unique tree structures, the vast biodiversity, and the endangerment of the species. The ecosystem is widely known also for its plant life, which includes the endangered Mrs. Britton’s shadow witch orchid (Ponthieva brittonii).Scientific ConnectionsThe hardwood hammock, firstly, has several connections with the STSE. As for science in the STSE, the hardwood hammocks are used frequently for scientific expeditions and scientific experiments. For example, the UCF College of Sciences performed an expedition on the endangered species in the hardwood hammocks, in which they found the Florida Panther, and the Key Largo raccoon. It was found that these two species are now endangered greatly, because of the effects of a hurricane. The expedition also gave vital information about why the hardwood hammocks are 3 important to be nationally protected because if they were not, it would greatly affect the biodiversity of these areas because since the hardwood hammocks were a big target for deforestation, the deforestation would continue if it wasn’t nationally protected. Moreover, after the expedition by the UCF College of Sciences, it has grown awareness for the endangered animals to learn that they are on the verge of extinction, meaning a huge loss of biodiversity in Florida because of the animals dying out. The protection of the Hardwood Hammocks is especially important because of the amount of endangered wildlife present in its ecosystem. Some examples are:Florida panther (Felis concolor coryi)key deer (Odocoileus virginianus)Key Largo cotton mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus)Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana)Key Vaca raccoon (Procyon lotor auspicious)mangrove fox squirrel (Sciurus niger avicennia)red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)white-crowned pigeon (Columba leucocephala)wood stork (Mycteria americana)If all of these animals go extinct, the biodiversity of Florida will pummel downhill very very and very rapidly.Technological Connections  The hardwood hammocks have an impact on the kind of technology used because of its canopy forests, which makes it difficult to reach different parts of the forest. A special piece of technology which was used for clearing out space needed for research, and camera views especially needed to look at the Florida Panther. The lifestyles and habits of the Florida PAnther has been recorded so that it can be viewed as to why it is declining in numbers, and as to why it is now an endangered species  Societal Connections The hardwood hammocks have been used widely as a tourist attractions in the past years. This forest ecosystem has been taken out by the National Parks Florida and has been protected nationally. The hardwood hammocks have been used as a national parks, and many families and groups hold events and picnics in the area. This is a positive for the sustainability for the ecosystem because the forest cannot be destroyed more than it is supposed to be destroyed. Since the hardwood hammocks are protected, they can be fined and charged for destroying it, and deforestation. This has an impact on society, and the people who live near the hardwood hammocks, and are directly involved with the actions done towards it.Environmental Connections The environmental status of the hardwood hammocks is good because of the biodiversity present in it. But since many of the animals present in this ecosystem are severely endangered, it shows that it might not have a long lasting biodiversity for long. According to Lisa Chambers, of the UCF College of Sciences, “the hardwood hammocks is a distinct ecosystem, in which it has a large variety of organisms present, but it many of these organisms are either already endangered, or soon to be endangered, which means that we will need to work very hard to keep this ecosystem running, and to keep this biodiversity of the hardwood hammocks healthy and sustainable”. The biodiversity is in danger for coming years because of the amount of endangered species there are present in the area.Overall SustainabilityThe hardwood hammocks have a low sustainability for the coming years because of the great amount of species classified as endangered in the ecosystem. As quoted by Lisa Chambers, of the UCF of College Sciences, “the hardwood hammocks is a distinct ecosystem, in which it has a large variety of organisms present, but it many of these organisms are either already endangered, or soon to be endangered, which means that we will need to work very hard to keep this ecosystem running, and to keep this biodiversity of the hardwood hammocks healthy and sustainable”. According to this ecology expert, the ecosystem has a large biodiversity of animals, but these animals are not expected to be living very much longer, meaning that the sustainability of this ecosystem is not very good.Conclusion The hardwood hammocks have a low sustainability for the coming years because of the great amount of species classified as endangered in the ecosystem. As quoted by Lisa Chambers, of the UCF of College Sciences, “the hardwood hammocks is a distinct ecosystem, in which it has a large variety of organisms present, but it many of these organisms are either already endangered, or soon to be endangered, which means that we will need to work very hard to keep this ecosystem running, and to keep this biodiversity of the hardwood hammocks healthy and sustainable”. According to this ecology expert, the ecosystem has a large biodiversity of animals, but these animals are not expected to be living very much longer, meaning that the sustainability of this ecosystem is not very good,.