BY JORDY BARNETT
WHAT ARE GRASSLANDS?
- Grassland biomes are large, rolling terrains of grasses, flowers and herbs. Grasses and shrubs with the occasional tree dominate grasslands. There are not many trees because trees need bucket loads of rain, which doesn't always happen in grasslands
DIFFERENT TERMS FOR SAYING GRASSLANDS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
In Russia, they call grasslands "Steppes". It extends from Ukraine in the west all the way across Russia, Siberia and into Mongolia and Northern China
In the USA the grasslands are referred to as the prairie
In South America the grasslands are known as the pampas
The animals that live in grasslands are mainly large mammals like the; Bison, Przewalski's horse, Kangaroo, The Zebra and the rhinoceros. Some birds also live in the grasslands like; Bobwhite Quail, Cattle egret, Killdeer and the Sandhill crane.
- Twenty-five percent of the Earth is covered by the grassland biome.
- There is a grassland biome on each continent with the exception of Antarctica.
- Periodic fires, whether they are human induced or occur spontaneously, are very important to the grassland to ensure that invasive plants do not take over.
- There is only 2% of the original grassland left in North America.