Day 17: Earth Journal #2
Today I will write my observations for the biosphere in Xizhou. While we were on the mountain, I discovered and abundance of things. There were many different plants but the one I saw the most on the mountains were pine trees. As we were climbing up the "remote" part of the mountain, we saw many of those pine trees, sticking out everywhere. Pine trees are very popular here because of the temperature. Also the fact that they do not need a lot of water.
There is not a lot of rain on the mountains, the rain starts about 1 km, away from the mountain. Pine trees here will not become invasive, as they are, not native, but are in the right area to grow. These pine trees are important to the ecosystem because they provide homes for some animals, like squirils, and small incects. They also provide oxygen to humans, and to animals.
Also, below the mountains, there are many crops. The most popular one is garlic. Tis the season for garlic in Xizhou. Garlic is used in many dishes here in Xizhou, fried rice, Ma La Tang, mi xian, and many more. In 2010, China was the number one country that produced garlic. 13,664,069 tonnes.