Essay on Marine Biome

2232 Words Dec 2nd, 2010 9 Pages
A biome, also known as life zones, consists of all plants, animals, and other organisms, as well the physical environment in a particular area. A biome is characterized by its’ plant life, climate, and location. The climate and physical features determine the boundaries of a biome. A biome is made up of many different ecosystems. The ecosystems tend to have the same pants and animals as neighboring biomes around the boundaries. The major biomes are the tundra, taiga, tropical rain forest, temperate forests, desert, grassland, savanna, chaparral, and marine. Each biome has it’s own characteristics such as the tundra. The tundra is a biome that is located in the Northern Hemisphere of the world. It circles the North Pole and reaches down to …show more content…
The plants living in this biome have had to make adaptations. These adaptations consist of needle-like leaves to prevent water loss, conical shape to help shed snow that may weight down and break the branches, and their evergreen color to help photosynthesis to occur. The other types of life found in the forest are that of animals. Some examples of those are lynx, weasel family, snowshoe varying hare, red squirrel, lemmings, voles, elk or wapiti, moose, beaver, wood warblers, finches, sparrows, and ravens. These are just a few of the animals found in this biome. Another biome of the world is the chaparral. It’s found in only 5 places in the world. They are Southern California, South Africa, Western Australia, Southern Europe, and South America. It has mild rainy winters and hot dry summers. The annual rainfall is about 12-24 inches. In this climate, vegetation such as tall bushes and small trees with dark green leaves exist. Most plants have small, hard leaves that do not fall off in the winter. The leaves are covered with a hard waxy covering, which helps them to burn in hot fire more easily. An adaptation that many plants have in the chaparral is they have an adaptation to fire, which means they actually need fire as a part of their lives. When a forest fire occurs it my kill of more branches but new sprouts and plants grow from the burnt forest. The varieties of the flora are California Lilacs, Scrub Oak, Toyon or

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