Chaparral biome

Chaparral

Location

the location is about at 40 degrees north and 30 degrees south latitude. most of the chaparrals are in California. others are in Oregon, South Africa, and Australia.

Biomes Climate

The chaparral biomes climate is moist. most rain in winter a it gets around 10-17 inches of rain a year. and very hot and dry in summer. And the temperature range is from 30-100 degrees.

Vegitation

The chaparral biome has plants such as broad leaved evergreen shrubs, bushes, and small trees that are around 8ft tall. around late summer vegetation becomes extremely dry. Fires are started to help germination of shrub seeds and clear away dense ground cover and prevents spread of trees. The plants are also very drought tolerant which helps them survive when it is dry.

Soil

the soil is very nutrient poor. The first layer of soil is serpentine which is normally very toxic to plants. the 2nd layer is non-serpentine sedimentary soil. this soil is very high in calcium but not so much in nutrients.

Animals

There are a lot of animals in a chaparral. the most common animals is the jack rabbit. Jackrabbits have huge ears. It can regulate its body heat by increasing or decreasing the blood flow through its ears. This helps the jackrabbit absorb heat and cool off. Other animals are the grey fox, aardwolf, jackal and goats. Also all the animals can survive on little water.
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Human impacts

One big problem is humans keep building and building on chaparrals. This keeps leading to animals become endangered. The building is also effecting the environment with loss of habitat.
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Fun facts

1.The plants in the chaparral biome contain flammable material yet their barks resist fire.

2. Most chaparrals border the desert.

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Sources

References

Chaparral animals. (n.d.). Retrieved from blueplanetbiomes website: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/chaparral_animal_page.htm

Chaparral biome. (n.d.). Retrieved January 8, 2016, from blueplanetbiomes website: http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/chaparral.htm

Chaparral biome facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.softschools.com/facts/biomes/chaparral_biome_facts/169/

climate graph. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.climate-data.org/location/50378/

Enviromental/human impact. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://chapparalbiomehollywood.weebly.com/environmentalhuman-impact.html

Soil composition. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://3chaparral.weebly.com/soil-composition.html