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O ur group was trying to find out how plants adapted to the different microclimates in our area.
What is a Microclimate?
We found that there was a total of four different microclimates in our area. Sara and I went to a place called Little Horse. We took samples of trees (with a tree-core thing) and we also took samples of soil. The other girls in our group took samples of plants and soil from other sites: the area behind Lake Roosevelt school and the land near Nespelum Creek. We took these samples and brought them in and tested them for pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. We found that in these different microclimates the plants are all very different.
Journey North Is a fun web site with a lot of hands-on science ideas and lesson plans. This link will take you to their lesson plan on microclimates.
Tree Canopy Research
Wind River Research Station has a Microclimate Page that provides access to their microclimate megadata and microclimate database.One of the goals of the research station is to collect information on the microclimate from below the ground to above the tree canopy.
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