Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Mountain Food Chain

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

A Mountain Food Chain

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A Mountain Food Chain By A.D. Tarbox. $29.95. 80 pp. The Creative Company Mankato, MN. 2015. ISBN: 9781608185405.

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The author invites readers to explore a food chain in a mountain biome. Concise narratives, striking photographs, and side panels and callouts skillfully unite geography and science.

The introduction offers definitions of the organisms linked in a food chain and an explanation of the role that each plays in the transfer of energy. The author emphasizes that this is only one of the numerous food chains found in food webs in this biome. The author also notes that mountains are on every continent and do not represent a single biome, as different biomes can be located on or at the base of a single mountainside. Readers learn about the physical features of a mountain biome, including temperature, oxygen levels, moisture, and elevation.

The food chain described in the book is in the Rocky Mountains and begins with the producer of the chain, a ponderosa pine. …

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