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Location | Weather | Plants | Animals | People | Links LOCATION: The name for this biome, temperate grasslands, is a great description for what it is like here. The most important plants in this biome are grasses! Temperate grasslands have some of the darkest, richest soils in the world (not in wealth, but in nutrients). People who live in grassland regions often use these soils for farming. WEATHER: Temperatures in this biome vary greatly between summer and winter. PLANTS: Grasses dominate temperate grasslands. ANIMALS: All grasslands share a lack of shelter from predators, and an abundance of grass for food; therefore, grassland animal populations are similar throughout the world. PEOPLE AND THE TEMPERATE GRASSLAND: One of the main environmental concerns regarding temperate grasslands is the conversion of grassland to farmland. The Grassland Biome Geography for Kids: Grassland Biomes Grassland Explorer Blue Planet Biomes: Grasslands Prairies in the Prairie State Back to Biomes Index

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Landforms of the Grasslands Biome When one thinks of the savanna, they tend to think of Africa as home to the typical savanna landscape. The savanna grassland features both grass and trees, although trees are scattered and found in clumps or individually. The climate in the savanna is warm or hot and the area receives most of its rainfall within a six- to eight-month period, followed by drought and fires. Savannas are home to a number of different kinds of animal life including snakes, a variety of bugs, zebras, lions, elephants, gophers, buffaloes, mice and kangaroos. 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Alberta Alberta is home to some of Canada's most impressive scenery, where the prairies meet the mountains and spectacular snow-capped peaks dominate the skyline. The awe-inspiring glaciers and turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks draw millions of visitors each year to this province. In winter, skiers take to the slopes, which offer some of the best skiing in North America. Calgary, well known for hosting the annual Calgary Stampede, is a vibrant, modern city that has grown substantially in recent decades and offers a wealth of entertainment options. Further north, the provincial capital of Edmonton is home to West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping center in Canada, along with numerous other cultural attractions.

Grassland : Mission: Biomes Temperature Dependent on latitude, yearly range can be between -20°C to 30°C Precipitation About 500 to 900 mm of rain per year Vegetation Grasses (prairie clover, salvia, oats, wheat, barley, coneflowers) Temperate Grasslands Location Temperate grasslands are located north of the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees North) and south of the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees South). The major temperate grasslands include the veldts of Africa, the pampas of South America, the steppes of Eurasia, and the plains of North America. Plants Grasslands Modern agriculture does make some nods to these problems. Crop rotation, where one crop is grown in a field one year and another crop the next, does much to combat the worst problems of pest buildup and soil nutrient exhaustion in fields. In many cases, corn is rotated with soybeans; the latter are legumes which harbor Rhizobium, an endosymbiotic bacterium which converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form that plants can use to make proteins. In this way, planting soybeans (or alfalfa) may increase the nitrogen content of the soil and reduce the need for nitrogen-based fertilizers. In any event, agricultural systems displace natural communities; given the world's need for food to feed the human population (and we're now raising corn to convert into ethanol to fuel our cars!)

Grasslands Biome Grassland biomes are large, rolling terrains of grasses, flowers and herbs. Latitude, soil and local climates for the most part determine what kinds of plants grow in a particular grassland. A grassland is a region where the average annual precipitation is great enough to support grasses, and in some areas a few trees. The precipitation is so eratic that drought and fire prevent large forests from growing. Grasses can survive fires because they grow from the bottom instead of the top. Their stems can grow again after being burned off.

12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Saskatchewan The prairie province of Saskatchewan, also known as the "province of 100,000 lakes", shares very straight borders with Manitoba in the east, Alberta in the west, and the two U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. Visitors driving across the province will see the seemingly endless fields, but the northern portion is also a treat for anyone with a love of canoeing, angling, and swimming which can all be enjoyed on the numerous lakes - especially as the province is Canada's sunniest. To the Cree First Nations, hunting buffalo and living on the Great Plains centuries ago, the biggest of the river waterways was "the river that flows swiftly" or "Saskatchewan". It was from this that the province eventually took its name.

The grassland biome Online exhibits : The world's biomes The grassland biome Grasslands are characterized as lands dominated by grasses rather than large shrubs or trees. In the Miocene and Pliocene Epochs, which spanned a period of about 25 million years, mountains rose in western North America and created a continental climate favorable to grasslands. Ancient forests declined and grasslands became widespread. Temperate Grasslands Biome Temperate grasslands are a division of a larger biome grouping of grasslands that includes tropical savannas. Both biome types are characterized by a dominance of grasses, yet temperate grasslands differ significantly from savannas. First unlike savannas that can have trees and shrubs scattered throughout, temperate grasslands have trees and shrubs absent. Temperate grasslands are also found in less tropical ecosystems and thus have a larger temperate fluctuation during the year. Temperatures in temperate grasslands can vary tremendously which has a large impact on growing seasons.

Grasslands Biome About one quarter of the earth's land is in the grasslands. This biome can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Grasslands exist on either side of two desert belts that circle the earth.

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