Non-living things in the desert are water, air, energy, substrate and chemical constituents, also known as nutrients. The non-living elements combined with the living organisms make up the desert ecosystem.Continue Reading
It is fairly simple to think of living things in the desert. These include plants, animals and microorganisms. Not as obvious are the number of non-living elements, which are just as important to the ecological health of the environment.
Living things need air, food and water because they are essential to the chemical processes that provide organisms with energy and keep them alive. These processes are collectively known as metabolism. The nutrients found in food, the oxygen found in air and the solvent property of water are indispensable components of metabolism.Full Answer >
Ocean waves are an expression of energy moving through water. The most common ocean waves are caused by surface winds pushing water toward land. Seismic activity can also cause waves, such as tsunamis created by undersea earthquakes or landslides. Undersea currents can also influence wave formation, creating small oscillations deep in the ocean that can intensify once the waves approach a coastline.Full Answer >
After crude oil is extracted from the Earth, it is burned and used to boil water to produce steam, which is then pressurized and used to turn a turbine that is hooked up to a generator to transfer the mechanical energy into electrical energy. Oil is very combustible and gives off a lot of heat. When the oil is burned, exhaust gasses are produced along with the heat, and the gases are piped away from the boiler, filtered and released into the atmosphere.Full Answer >
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, geothermal systems use pipes driven deep into the ground to heat air, water or other fluids for the purposes of generating electricity or heating buildings. In some cases, geothermal systems use natural underground hot springs for this purpose, or the systems may pump a thermal medium into the ground to absorb the Earth's natural heat.Full Answer >