By: Jeb "The Jebinator" Buchanan
Overview of the Grassland Biome
The Grassland biome is one of the six major biomes on Earth. They consist of massive, rolling elevations of shrubs, grasses, herbs, and flowers. The types of plants that grow in grasslands depend on the latitude, soil, and localized climates of the particular grassland. Grasslands are better and more suited for fires than forests are because their plants grow from the bottom, as opposed to forests, which have top-growing plants.
Location of the Grassland Biome
Grasslands are found on every continent except for Antarctica. Some major areas in the world where grasslands are found include the American and Canadian Great Plains, central and southern Africa, the Sahel (steppe on the Sahara Desert's edge), eastern Europe, northeastern China, Mongolia, southern Brazil, and the Australian Outback.
Different Types of Grasslands
There are many types of grasslands all over the world. In Africa, there are tropical savannas that are very much alike grasslands. In wetter grasslands, there is a tendency to have taller grasses, and in drier climates, the grass is usually lower. This philosophy is very true for the North American Great Plains (especially the Midwestern U.S.) because in the western part of the Midwest, the climate is drier, so the grass is lower. However, in the eastern part of the Midwest, the climate is wetter, so the grass is generally higher. In African savannas, the grass can be very low or very high depending on the length of the wet season and the dry season.
Flora of the Grassland Biome
Fauna of the Grassland Biome
Ecological Concerns of the Grasslands
Interesting Fact about the Grassland Biome
Young, Shawn T. 6 October 2003. Biomesoftheworld.com. http://www.biomesoftheworld.com/grasslands/prairiesofnorthamerica.html