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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 10





The weather up here as definitely taken the seasonal direction. The rain has just barely stopped, and strong north winds began to howl today, as the temperatures dipped to the high 40's, making it feel every bit as raw, damp, cold as one could imagine. It was barely tolerable in the field, where we conducted our trap counts, deer/hare quadrants, and animal transects. We just finished a nice dinner of chicken curry, which tasted great after a long cold day in the woods. Our evening presentation is on geology and the history of the planet; a topic I've been looking forward to all week!
As for pictures from today, unfortunately, there are none due to the cold wet weather. These pics were taken from our hike in the Kejimkujik National Park (and they are of the natural succession, hint hint, that is occurring there).
However, please respond to the final assignment, Part 1 as a blog response, and Part 2 in your journals:

Part 1: According to Wikipedia, Succession is the phenomenon or process by which a community progressively transforms itself until a stable community is formed. Think about the land around where you live and where school is. Imagine what it looked like 10 years ago, 50 years ago, 125 years ago, 500 years ago. Was it always full of the same trees? Was it ever grassy grazing land for cows and farms? Was the Merrimack River higher or lower, and therefore, was the school's location underwater? Was there ice and large boulders instead of fields and forest?
Choose a time at least 100 years ago or longer, and do a little research (use google, ask parents, grandparents, elders) what the land was like in your home area and school. Be as specific as possible using examples of what was there (types of trees, animals, etc). Keep your online blog post to 2 sentences.

Part 2: In your STEM notebooks: expand on part 1 by including a drawing of what it might have looked like back in time (use color, refer to real data that you can research) AND draw a second picture of what it looks like now. Take you time and be creative. Use Mrs. Moore's Art tips if you feel lost or have a hard time getting started.

After I check your notebooks, we will likely be having a continuation on this assignment as a way of better understanding our place in time in West Newbury, Groveland, and Merrimack, as well as the greater Gulf of Maine.

Have fun. This is due by next Tuesday. Make sure all blog response assignments have been completed by next Tuesday as well. See you soon!

35 comments:

  1. no i do not think that the earth was all full of grass. but there were many trees. the river was higher because it takes time ti extend it. the school might be under water. no becasue it wouldnt be as cold

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  2. I think that about 300 years ago, there was lots of long grass and a myriad of trees, such as Maple or Elm, along with wildlife including livestock and undomesticated animals (Fox, wolf,deer,bird,etc.). I also know that Groveland was inhabited by Native Americans and European settlers and there was a lot of wooded area.

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  3. No i don't think the earth was full of grass,but there was a lot of trees. The river might of been as low because it span a long distance, the school was under water.

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  4. i think there were more trees than there are now because now people cut them down more. I also think the river was higher because as it grew longer and wider the river water sunk lower.

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  5. i dont think that a 100 years ago merrimac was full of grass. it was full of mostly the same trees elm and maple and i think their where alot of these trees because the town was less settled.also the water might have been lower than it is now because it used to be a wider river. last the school was under water.

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  6. i think that a long time ago there where not many trees and woods and some amnamls we have today. the rivers and oceans could have all been connected for all we know.

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  7. A while ago native americans live her and they had lands with long grass and many trees, some same and some different, and rivers were low and long. With the climate, it would not be icy, but the school ground might have been all forest

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  8. I think that the Earth had a lot of trees, but not much grass. I think that the river might have been higher too, and the school would have been underwater.

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  9. I think there was lots of trees everywhere and i think the school was underwater. Also i think where my house is right now there was a farm because there is alot of barbed wire in my woods.

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  10. I think there were more trees. I also think there were more deer.

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  11. I think that all of the pentucket area native tribes around 200 years ago and it had grasslands and woods around where we live.The high school and middle school was not under water.

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  12. I dont think the earth had a lot of grass. There were probably a lot of the same trees and the river would be lower so the school would not be underwater.

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  13. 100 years ago there was lots of grass and stone wall. There were not a lot of tress because they cut them down to have farms and large land. Also the stone wall which you can still see are the walls to seperate the farms from one other. I think the water could have been still at its orginal spot and the school could have been underwater.

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  14. I think that around 200 years ago most of this area was trees, including: Maple, Pine, Elm, Oak, etc. and grasslands. I know that around 200 years ago Groveland was inhabited by many animals living here today, but more, ( bears, cyotes, deer, fox, etc.).

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  15. The area i picked was Hedding in Epping New Hampshire. 100 years ago, Hedding was very similar to the way it was now, because the cottages and trees are still mostly from back then. I do think, however, that there were a lot more woodlands and a lot more animals. (Most of them are scared away by Jay who mantains the grounds)

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  16. 100 years ago i dont think there was a lot of grass. My house was a very old cow farm. Because of this, my area of land would have been inhabited by a lot of cows and other animals.

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  17. The school was under water and there was a lot of long grass and trees. There used to be many deer, fox, many kinds of birds, and coyotes. Also the merrimac river was higher.

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  18. I think 100 years ago wouldnt be much different then today. But i think today has more grass,trees,farms.

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  19. I don't think that the earth was full of grass, but lots of trees. I think that the area was full of wild animals and the river would be overflowed.

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  20. 150 years ago, the area we live in now would probably be similar to what it is currently, perhaps with more wooded areas, less roads, and more farmland. Foxes, raccoons, squirrels, and deer would probably be commonplace.

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  21. The earth is probably filled with the same trees because trees can live for a long time. But, sometimes people cut trees down or the trees just die on there own. Also, the Merrimac River changes(whether its higher or lower)depending on the tides.

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  22. I think that around 500 years ago there was a lot of grass everywhere and trees. I think the Merimac River was higher because I've noticed that trees and rocks are pushed back very far from the river. I'm thinking they are back so far because the water level in the river got so high and the current got so strong that the current pushed the rocks and trees back, and the river never rose that much again.

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  23. No, there was not all grass but a lot of wooded areas. There would be more deer foxes coyotes and wolves. the river would be higher and the water would be reaching the school and flooding the floors.

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  24. I think 10 years ago the land around school was generally the same as it is today in terms of grass, tees, and hight of the river. I think the same with 50 years ago. I think 125 and 500 years ago there was alot of grass and trees. However there was not as many buildings as there is today. There was more vast open fields that the Native American's llived on.

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  25. I dont think the earth was full of grass, but many trees including oaks and maples were spread among the area. The river passes close behind our school so I dont think it was underwater and the river was very low.

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  26. There would be forests, and fields of grass(meadows). In the woods behind my house, there are small stone boundaries that marked farmers land about 200 years ago. Their farms would have had to be grassy, not a forest like it is now, so that has been a big change from 200 years ago.

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  27. From what I could tell in the 1800s MA was much less populated, but that was a given and less industry production as that was yet to come and with that came the fancy building and big cities. Some cites were still around and populated like Boston.

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  28. I think that where we live was more densely wooded and there was less grass. I don't think the school was underwater

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  29. no i do not think there was grass everywhere. but more than ther was. i dont htink teh school was underwater but i do think it was higher just not that high. there has been lots of BIG changes now then there was then.

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  30. i dont think teh land was full of grass. i do think there were more treees and grass than we have today. no the school was not under water, but the level of water was probally much higher than it is today.

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  31. Where i live i think there were more trees (maple,etc.) than grass. I think the Merrimack River used to be higher and i only think the water was covering the schools location but it wasn't covered by the really high part of the water.

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  32. I think there was more trees back in the 1800's because there were less houses around. The more houses you make the more trees you have to cut down.

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  33. I think that it was mostly trees and then the river, with some small houses around. But i may be wrong.

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  34. I think the land around my house had longer grass and a lot of open land space.

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  35. I think 100 years ago it was all woods. I also think the school was not under water.

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