Red Cedars: A Biogeography Lesson

Those long evergreen trees standing out from the green and tawny grass in fields. They aren’t as tall as pine trees. However, they have their significance.

Juniperus virginiana, the eastern red cedar. True to its scientific name, the red cedar(also known as the eastern red cedar) is actually a type of juniper. This tree has been used for making pencils because its wood is soft, but strong a durable. However, so many trees were cut down that other species of trees were used.

The eastern red cedars can still be found in the USA today. It is exclusive to the eastern USA and grows in a variety of soils. They are typical found in fields, abandoned land, or limestone hills. When land has been damaged, this is among the first trees to repopulate an area. Pioneer species it is called.

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Bay Area Sharks

An area ranging from Bodega Bay to Point Sur, a very dense concentration of great white sharks. This area is known as the Red Triangle.

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This area is a major habitat for large marine mammals. Harbor seals, sea lions,etc. Great white sharks eat these animals. Sounds like sharks following the food. The great white shark is known for attacking humans the most. This region has seen over 1/3 of the USA’s shark attacks from great white sharks. 1/10 of the world’s great white shark attacks have occurred here. That said, one is more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a shark.

The Bay Area region is a highly populated area with large amounts of maritime-related recreation. Surfing, diving, swimming, sailing,etc. Being a highly population region, the risk of shark attacks taking place is always there.

This video will explain the Red Triangle.