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Plant Adaptations

Arizona Centaury
Arizona Centaury
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The conditions at White Sands National Monument, the world's largest gypsum dunefield, create a unique environment for plant survival. The monument encompasses an ecosystem within an ecosystem where, of the 244 plants found in the desert environment, only 60 have developed strategies for survival in the dunefield itself. Our study will focus on three basic survival techniques used by plants within both the dunefield and the desert:

1. Moisture retention
2. Stem elongation
3. Pedestal building

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Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Earth Science, Ecology, Environment
National/State Standards:
STATE STANDARDS: New Mexico
1) Science: Science 6.29.10.9 C. Strand 1: Content
of Science
2) Language Arts: Art 6.29.2.18 A. Strand: Visual Art
Keywords:
plants, adaptation, botany
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