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Mission: Biomes. What is a biome, and what are the major types on earth? What is a biome? Biomes are very large ecological areas on the earth’s surface, with fauna and flora (animals and plants) adapting to their environment. Biomes are often defined by abiotic factors such as climate, relief, geology, soils and vegetation. A biome is NOT an ecosystem, although in a way it can look like a massive ecosystem. If you take a closer look, you will notice that plants or animals in any of the biomes have special adaptations that make it possible for them to exist in that area.

You may find many units of ecosystems within one biome. There are five major categories of biomes on earth. In these five, there are many sub-biomes, under which are many more well defined ecosystems. Let us take a quick look at each of these biomes below: (Click Green Buttons Below) The Desert Biomes: They are the Hot and Dry Deserts, Semi Arid Deserts, Coastal Deserts and Cold Deserts. The Forest Biomes: There are three main biomes that make up Forest Biomes.

Biomes of the World | Biomes. Biomes are the major regional groupings of plants and animals discernible at a global scale. Their distribution patterns are strongly correlated with regional climate patterns and identified according to the climax vegetation type. However, a biome is composed not only of the climax vegetation, but also of associated successional communities, persistent subclimax communities, fauna, and soils. The biome concept embraces the idea of community, of interaction among vegetation, animal populations, and soil. A biome (also called a biotic area) may be defined as a major region of distinctive plant and animal groups well adapted to the physical environment of its distribution area. To understand the nature of the earth’s major biomes, one needs to learn for each: The global distribution pattern: Where each biome is found and how each varies geographically. Biomes of the World - Biome Map.

KDE Santa Barbara. Welcome to the Kids Do Ecology Biomes Pages! Aquatic Biomes | Terrestrial Biomes | GAMES! What are biomes? Biomes are regions of the world with similar climate (weather, temperature) animals and plants. There are terrestrial biomes (land) and aquatic biomes, both freshwater and marine. Would you like to know what the weather is like in different biomes around the world? How many biomes are there?

Games Links to more information: Kids Konnect: Biomes Enchanted Learning: Biomes ThinkQuest: Biomes Major Biomes of the World NASA - Mission: Biomes World Biomes Back to the top Back to Biomes Index. The world's biomes. Online exhibits The world's biomes Biomes are defined as "the world's major communities, classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptations of organisms to that particular environment" (Campbell 1996). The importance of biomes cannot be overestimated. Biomes have changed and moved many times during the history of life on Earth. More recently, human activities have drastically altered these communities. Thus, conservation and preservation of biomes should be a major concern to all. For further information, please consult the references page. Here we group biomes into six major types: Conservation and preservation of biomes Because we share the world with many other species of plants and animals, we must consider the consequences of our actions.

Forests are important as they are home to the most diverse biotic communties in the world. Logging has depleted many old-growth temperate forests. Freshwater biomes have suffered mainly from pollution. Blue Planet Biomes. Biomes of the World.