For over 200 million years Crocodilians have roamed the earth as apex predators. They are a ferocious family of reptiles that has stood the test of time and become one of the most successful hunters on the planet. These ancient animals are beautiful, powerful, and deadly. The often veracious attitude of the species in the Crocodilian family, and the strong fear that humans have towards them, has led to an aggressive relationship between man and the beast. Particularly in the Southeastern United States, humans and the American Alligator, Alligator Mississippiensis, have had a long and harsh relationship. In Florida, the American Alligator (also called a gator) has gone from plentiful bounties, to nearly becoming extinct, and then back to the healthy population that it is at today of about a million. The story of the American Alligator is one that is full of both tragedy and success. The alligator habitat consists of primarily freshwater ecosystems, which includes wetlands, lakes, and ponds. In the wetland and shallow lake and pond ecosystems the alligator is considered a keystone species. During time of drought, gators dig what are called “gator holes”. These holes, usually six to seven yards across and several feet deep, hold water in times of drought. While other parts of the marsh and swamps are dried up, these areas swarm with a high diversity of organisms attempting to utilize the last bits of water left (Whitney 2004). Because crocodilians are cold blooded the range of alligator range is limited to lower latitudes. The furthest north the American alligator is found is along the North and South Carolina coast. The furthest west Gators can be found is in eastern parts of Texas, especially along the Gulf of México (Toops 1979). The diet of an adult alligator is just about anything they can get. Their main technique to capture prey is to remain mostly submerged under the water’s surface and try to slowly creep up on prey either in the water or at the water’s edge. When in place they launch themselves forward. Alligators may seem sluggish most of the time but on land they can run up to 30 miles per hour for short distances, and in the water they use their huge and powerful tales to easily and graceful push themselves through the water. After getting the prey close enough, the gator will bite down with 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, one of the strongest bites in the world (Crawford 1992). Prey of the alligator can include fish, birds, turtles, snakes, mammals, and amphibians. The hatchlings tend to prey on invertebrates, insects, larvae, snails, spiders, worms, and other small prey (Science Daily). Gators are able to mate and reproduce at about 8 to 13 years of age. Alligators find a mate by doing what is called bellowing. They make a sure sound by making a vibration in its throat. This sound attracts potential mates to the area (U.S Fish and Wildlife Service). The dominate male in the area is usually the one that gets to mate with the female. After a few days of courtship, usually just consisting of the pair remaining close to one another, copulation takes place. The actual mating season occurs from mid-April through May. Two month after courtship the female will make a nest on a high bank, out of waters reach, usually consisting of saw grass and cattails. Around 35 eggs are laid in early June and hatch usually around mid-August when water levels are normally the highest and food is plentiful. Females will protect the nest during incubation and protect the hatchlings, after which the babies will usually stay with the mother for about a year (Troops 1979). When European settlers’ first start to try to live in in the mid to late 1800’s Florida, the alligators were amazingly abundant. There were actually so many that they were considered a nuisance and dangerous, so the settlers killed them to protect livestock and for sport. Shortly after this they began to value alligators for their hides…
Bouncing Ball Report
the aim of this project is to find out which surface will the balls bounces the highest.
I considered the concrete surface as the most reliable source for making the ball bounce higher for each one.
Depending on this experiment, air temperature can make a big difference for a ball to bounce on different surfaces, as air temperature can affect the gas molecules inside the ball, by either expanding or contracting the molecules, making the ball bounce…
not the generals and the politicians but the soldiers and sailors and nurses – those who taught us to endure hardship, to show courage, to be bold as well as resilient, to believe in ourselves, to stick together......
Construction of the Speech
1. Written by Don Watson – Paul Keating’s speech writer
2. In interviews after the delivery of this speech, Watson emphasized that it is the delivery of the speech that makes it the property of the speechmaker. As a spoken medium, a speech is reliant…
porous carbonized wood is described and compared to carbon foams. 0 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved Charcoal. B. carbonization, D.-mechanical properties.
C. thermal analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy,
1 .l Wood carbonization and modern materials It has recently been demonstrated that net-shape polymer, ceramic and carbon composites can be produced using wood as a precursor. This was accomplished by controlled thermal decomposition to form…
Pong with lots of triangles! When you think about it, you can find triangles in just about everything. In this exciting game, every time you hit the ball you’ve created another triangle! Trigonometry is the study of triangles, specifically right triangles and there is lots of Trigonometry in this game as well as Geometry.
When you serve the ball in ping pong you make a right triangle without even realizing it! Your Elbow is the point of one angle. When you start serving your forearm is at an angle…
spheres had a special name, they were called dragon balls. As the legend stated, a person who collects all seven dragon balls will get a wish from an eternal dragon. The eternal dragon was known as “Shenron” the master of all dragons since he had the power to grant any wish to a human being. Once a person collects all seven dragon balls, the sky will turn all dark, lighting will appear, and the dragon will appear or be summoned from the seven dragon balls. However, there was a trick or a special chant…
1. Does the technology create value when it is incorporated into golf balls?
The value based business strategy: No it does not create value
There is no existing vertical chain in the business. The supplier of the technique exists but not the firm creating value nor the buyers (buyers maybe, we don’t know)
Creation of additional value is not possible either while the chain is not there- no bargaing.
Yes, it does create value because buyers would maybe pay more for a golf ball, which…
Money Ball Essay
Looking at Money Ball as another baseball movie with a happy ending is like looking The Social Network as a movie about a nerd and computer programming. There’s a lot to be learned from this film. Whether it’s a lesson about life, business or the actual sport itself. You get to experience how crooked and money driven the baseball business is, how the team with the deepest pockets acquires the best player and how the coaches and head hunters still operate with the old mentality…
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Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education
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University of London
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craters of a steel ball on flour when dropped from a specific height. A steel ball is dropped at various heights over a bowl of flour. When the ball hits the flour, a crater is formed. What I am trying to investigate is the correlation between the height (x) at which the steel ball is dropped and the diameter (y) of the crater.
How does the diameter of the crater depend on the height at which the ball is dropped at?
Independent Variable: The height at which the steel ball is dropped at…