Biomes Comparison Essay
Ecologists group earth’s diverse environments into biomes. A biome is a complex of terrestrial communities that develops a large area and is characterized by certain soil climate conditions and particular assemblages of plants and animals. Not all species live in every biome they vary in their adaptations to different conditions. An adaptation is an inherited characteristic that increases an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce. These sorts of variations in plants and animals help different species survive under different conditions in different biomes. Plants and animals also exhibit variations in tolerance, or ability and reproduce under conditions that differ from their optimal conditions. Because each species is adapted to certain conditions the climate of a region is an important factor in determining which organisms can survive there. Even within a biome, precise conditions of temperature and precipitation can vary over small distances. Ecologists recognize at least ten different biomes. The world’s major biomes include tropical rain forest, tropical dry forest, tropical savanna, desert, temperature grassland, temperate woodland and shrub land, temperate forest, northwestern coniferous forest, boreal forest, and tundra. A unique set of abiotic factors, particularly climate and a characteristic assemblage of plants and animals define each of these biomes. One of the many biomes that caught my eye was the tropical savanna, the tropical savanna receives more seasonal rainfall then deserts but a cover of grasses characterizes less than tropical dry forests, tropical savannas, or grasslands. Savannas are spotted with isolated trees and small groves of trees and shrubs. Compact soils, fairly frequent fires, and the action of large animals such as rhinoceroses prevent some savanna areas from turning into dry forest, which I find incredibly amazing and that is why I choose the white rhinoceros as a dominant animal. The white...
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