Ecology depends on the interaction between organisms with their environment, including weather, climate (long-term weather changes), geology, geography, other animals and their behavior, and evolutionary biology. Populations and their ranges are determined by both abiotic (non-living) and biotic factors, including sunlight, water, and temperature. Biomes have a typical climate, animal life, and vegetation. These include forests (tropical, temperate broadleaf, coniferous/taiga), deserts, grasslands, tundra. Aquatic biomes include freshwater zones like eutrophic lakes, oligotrophic lakes, rivers, wetlands, estuaries, and marine zones like intertidal, photic, aphotic, benthic, pelagic, coral reefs, and hydrothermal vents.
A biome is a
large region which has a certain, or typical, climate, animal life
biomes are located in equatorial regions. They have the largest
animal diversity of any biome. Multiple levels, including canopy,
shrub and herb layers are found in tropical forests.
broadleaf forests have cool to cold winters, and warm summers. They
are characterized by broad leaf trees, typically deciduous,
especially in the northern hemisphere.
Coniferous/Taiga biomes contain coniferous trees, which are
resistant to damage by snow. Taiga is located between latitudes 38°
to 45° north.
low precipitation and are inhabited by drought resistant plants,
including low shrubs and cacti. Many animals in desert biomes are
include the savannas as well as the North American prairies. Plant
life is adapted to tolerate fire and drought and primarily consists
of grasses, along with some trees.
characterized by cold, long winters and cool summers. There is a
layer of permafrost below the surface. Herbs, grasses, small shrubs
and lichen are found in this biome.
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