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APES biomes definitions
name that biome
temperate deciduous forest
seasonal weather, trees that loose their leaves, found in NY state
seasonal weather, large grazing animals, main vegetation is grass
warm year round, high precipitation, most diverse ecosystem
warm year round, large grazing animals, main vegetation is grass; also known as savanna
lowest precipitation, highly specialized organisms, varying temperatures
dominant vegetation is conifers, cool temperatures, moderate rainfall; also known as boreal forest
characterized by permafrost, cool temperatures, small vegetation
low rainfall, small shrub-like plants, high chance of fires
2 main factors that determine a biome
temperature and precipitation
an ecosystem with similar climate and vegetation patterns