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Biomes


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Ecosystem
a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
Biome
area of the planet which can be classified according to the plant and animal life in it
Fauna
animals
Flora
plants
Geology
the structure of the Earth and its surface features
Elevation
the height of land above a given level, especially sea level
Terrain
the physical characteristics of land in terms of elevation, slope, geology, and soil type
Poles
the northernmost and southernmost positions on the earth
Equator
an imaginary line drawn around the Earth equally distant from both poles
Latitude
the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth's equator
Precipitation
water released from clouds in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or hail
Food Web
a natural interconnection of food chains that shows what-eats-what in an ecological community
Desert
area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year
Savanna
a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees
Tundra
a cold, treeless region in Arctic and Antarctic climates
Climate
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time
Taiga
a region characterized by evergreen forest in cool, northern latitudes, also called boreal forest
Temperate Forest
a region with high levels of precipitation, humidity, and a variety of deciduous trees (those that lose their leaves)
Scrubland
a region characterized by vegetation consisting mainly of brushwood or stunted forest growth
Tropical Rainforest
a hot, moist biome found near Earth's equator that gets from 60 to 160 inches of precipitation that is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year
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