A biome is a major regional group of distinctive plant and animal communities best adapted to the region's physical natural environment, latitude, altitude and terrain factors. A biome is composed of the climax vegetation and all associated sub climax, or degraded, vegetation, fauna and soils, but can often be identified by the climax vegetation type. | Source: Wikipedia
Global Biomes and Climate
- Use the link above to collect the information necessary to complete this table – to show the different climates and vegetations found in each of the globes major biomes.
Describe the climate (temperature and rainfall)
Is there any difference between the seasons?
Describe the typical vegetation found in the biome
|Temperate deciduous forest|
Why are the biomes located where they are
Levels of solar radiation
- Why does the Equator receive more solar radiation than the Poles?
- How does the level of solar radiation arriving upon different parts of the earth's surface affect the biome located there?
- What is a rain shadow and how does it affect the biomes in that area?
- How does the 'North Atlantic Drift' keep Western Europe warmer than it should be?
- What is the Thermohaline Circulation / Ocean Conveyor Belt / Global Conveyor Belt / Meridional Overturning Circulation?
- The image above shows the Furtwangler Glacier on Mt Kilimanjaro. The location of the glacier is very close to the equator. Explain why there is a glacier at such a warm latitude.
- How does the presence of atmospheric cells explain the location of deserts and tropical rainforests?