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Biomes 1

Biome unit vocabulary

Tropical Rain Forest constant hot temp., high humidity, daily afternoon rains, poor soil, hardwood trees, most animals live in the canopy, most biologically diverse
Tundra a treeless plain found in the Arctic, in the Antarctic, or on the tops of mountains that is characterized by very low winter temperatures and short, cool summers
Savanna high avg. temps. with a prolonged dry season of 4-6 months. Rest of the year is wet.
Temperate Deciduous Forest moderate temps., changes a lot during the 4 seasons, abundant precipitation, deciduous trees loose their leaves each fall, nutrient rich soils
Desert an area that has little or no plant life, long periods without rain, and extreme temperatures; usually found in hot climates
Estuaries an area where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the ocean
Taiga (Boreal, Coniferous) winters are long & dry, lots of snowfall & short days, temps. range from cool to extremely cold, dominated by conifers
Marine Oceans = Salt water Marine is saltwater! Ex: rivers, lakes, streams, ponds
biome A major ecological region characterized by specific type of climate and certain types of plant and animal communities.