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APES biomes definitions

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