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July 1, 2014

Objective: Observe a naturally-occurring transect and collect a sample of soil and small life forms from transect.

Methods: 1. Examine a 20 by 20 meter transect of American University's campus and detail the flora and fauna present. 2. Collect a 50 mL sample of ground vegetation and soil.

Results and Conclusion:

Transect 2: Wesley Theological Seminary was assigned.

    Aerial view.
       https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzFjAXEJZK2rcGw2QUJGUm1kVE0/edit?usp=sharing
    View of landscape
       https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzFjAXEJZK2rd2lqNGYyUWJKaFVBTTVVUVptSDdxd0dWVVNv/edit?usp=sharing
    View of ground cover
       https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzFjAXEJZK2rWUZYWU8zZHBmbzhHaTgwenpPc3JxcFMxN0lB/edit?usp=sharing


Observations about transect:

    -secluded from main foot traffic of campus
    -while a building was within 40 meters of the transect, no major abiotic components are present. 
    -3 coniferous trees, 3 deciduous trees
    -ground coverage plants, not grass (e.g. ivies, weeds, etc.)
    -dense shade from overhanging branches and leaves
    -roughly 30 by 15 meters
    -only visible animal is gnats