Guilt Free Desserts
In fact, large-scale shifts in ecosystems have been observed in lakes, coral reefs, woodlands, desserts, and oceans. For example, a distinct shift occurred in the Pacific Ocean ecosystem around 1977 and 1989. Abrupt changes in the time series of fish catches, zooplankton abundance, oyster condition, and other marine ecosystem properties signified conspicuous shifts from one relatively stable condition to another (Figure 6). Also termed 'regime shifts', the implications of these abrupt transitions for fisheries and oceanic CO2 uptake are profound, yet the mechanisms driving these shifts remain poorly understood. It appears that changes in oceanic circulation driven by weather patterns can be evoked as the dominant causes of this state shift. However, competition and predation are becoming increasingly recognized as important drivers of change altering oceanic community dynamics. In fact, fisheries are well known to affect entire food webs and the trophic organization of ecosystems....
The next step moves into dryer lands by placing the transitional dry zone. These are mostly grasslands scrublands, and they generally abut the transitional wet zones. Such zones are plentiful throughout the dry latitudinal zone and often abut a dessert zone. I didn't place these zones next on the map, however. It's easier if you go right to the deserts, and then look to see where these zones fit best.
Various marine macroalgae are used as human food in many parts of the world, notably in Japan. In the British Isles Red Laver (Porphyra umbilicalis), Green Laver (Ulva lactuca), Carrageen Moss (Chondrus crispus and Gigartina stellata) and Pepperdulse (Osmundea pinnatifida) are each eaten in certain localities. However, seaweed does not contribute significant quantities to human food supplies and seems unlikely to increase much in consumption. The chief commercial importance of seaweed is as a source of alginic acid which, in addition to innumerable other uses, has many applications in the food industry as an emulsifier (Booth, 1975). A surprising number of processed foods and household products now contain substances derived from seaweed. Examples include ice cream, toothpaste, cakes, milk desserts, milk chocolates, fruit juice, beer and baby foods.
Making Chocolate 101
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