How Humans Have Affected the Antarctic Food Web

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How Humans Have Affected the Antarctic Food Web Team E University of Phoenix Environmental Issues and Ethics SCI/362 April 19, 2011 How humans have affected the Antarctic food web The purpose of our team paper is to prepare a comprehensive paper on how humans have affected the Antarctic food web. The icy Antarctic water is very deceiving, not only is it home too many sea animals but also in theses icy waters live a multifaceted food web that feeds many animals. The foundation of the food web consists of photosynthetic algae that live in the nutrient rich water. Krill is the major food source for the Baleen whales. Krill are small shrimplike animals that eat the photosynthetic algae found in and around the pack ice. In 1986 there…show more content…
This whole above Antarctica is part of the Global Warming issue. It is melting our ice faster. Basically, the homes or lands of the wildlife are disappearing. This is causing out polar bears, seals, and penguins to die. Not only their homes are disappearing, they also live off and survive off of krill which is their food supply. The food chain is also being destroyed due to pollution. Pollution such as exhaust from the cars and chimneys from large factories contribute to global warming. There has also been dumping of garbage and toxic waste into ocean waters. These all contribute to extinction of wildlife and destroying our planet. How can certain species survive without a specific type of food? Some of the damage to Antarctica include, seven gigantic ice shelves reduced by 13,500 square kilometers. There has also been increase rainfall in some parts of Antarctica. With the help of the committees listed above, we need to work together with them to save what is left of our beautiful planet. Perspectives of Major Stakeholders The major stakeholders have some similar views but there are some differences between them. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition’s views are mostly scientific and aesthetic because the organization strives to preserve the environment in its natural state; scientific because of the practical benefits the planet acquires through scientific study and application, and aesthetic because its obligation to preserve the beauty of
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