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Ecology Vocab #6

Biome Geographic areas that have similar climates & ecosystems
Tundra Characterized by permafrost & very cold temps; lichens and mosses are dominant species
Taiga Characterized by cold winters & a lot of precipitation; coniferous trees are dominant species; found north of the equator
Temperate forest Mid-latitude region characterized by "average" temps & precipitation; hardwood (oak, maple, chestnut) trees are dominant species
Tropical rain forest Found near equator; characterized by warm temps & lots of precipitation, infertile soil, has the most biodiversity of any biome
Grassland Characterized by rainy and dry seasons; grasses are dominant species; provides a majority of food sources for humans; different names (depending on location)
Desert Characterized by sparse precipitation; can have extreme temps; succulents (cacti) are dominant species
Estuary Area where a river (fresh water) and ocean (salt water) meets; extremely fertile
Intertidal zone Portion of shoreline that is covered w/ water at high tide and exposed to the air at low tide
Photic zone Area of ocean where sunlight penetrates; allows for photosynthesis to occur
Aphotic zone Area of ocean where sunlight does not penetrate; no photosynthesis can occur; organisms are specialized
Created by: Jlags