Exploring the Grassland

What's It's Like:

Location

Grasslands are located north of the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees North) and south of the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees South). One of the most famous grasslands is in the mid-west of the United States. Grasslands are found where there is not enough regular rainfall to support the growth of a forest, but not so little as to form a desert.

What the grassland looks like

Grassland's Climate

Grasslands have extremely diverse temperature. Hot summer days can range upward of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but cool winter months can be as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. They typically have between 10 and 35 inches of precipitation a year, but most rainfall occurs in a short period. During hot months there can be numerous seasonal fires.

Different Types

One type is the tropical grassland. Tropical grasslands are warm year round, but usually have a dry and a rainy season. One such tropical grassland is the African savanna. It is home to some of the world’s most recognizable species, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and lions. The other type is a temperate grassland. In this sub-biome temperatures vary a little more and there's less trees and shrubbery. The temperatures and rainfall differ but not greatly.

Plant life

Grasses are the dominant vegetation. Trees and large shrubs are largely absent. These trees are only present in the in the savanna and are still scattered. In the savanna its mainly grass and scarce trees. In the temperate grassland its mainly flowers and grasses. A temperature grassland is similar to a meadow.

How's it like

The grassland is a great place to come. You can see a immense amount of life. There are tons of animals and beautiful sights to see. You could visit different parts of the world. The seasons are very predictable so you can come in whatever weather you like. The grassland has all types of temperatures so there is something for everybody. When you come to one they are beautiful. Many flowers bloom and can live throughout the entire year.

Soil

The soil is grasslands is extremely rich. This is why most farming in the U.S. happens in the mid-west which are all grasslands. It's rich because of the very dense and thick grass that dies then decays. These grasses have thick roots which also allow much more organic matter to decay. It tends to be deeper and darker.

Interesting Things

Grasslands are considered the transitional biome. This means that they are usually found between deserts and forests. Up to 25% of the world are grasslands. Grasslands go by many names. In the U.S. Midwest, they're known as prairies. In South America, they're called pampas. Central Eurasian grasslands are referred to as steppes, while in Africa they're named savannas.

Geological Features

Grassland's don't have many geological features. The main features are plateaus, sometimes mountains, and valleys. A plateau is a raised bit of land that is flat on top. Mountains are huge things of pushed up rock. Finally, valleys are big "V's" cut into the earth by rivers.