Fresh Water

By: Tamia & Seth

Freshwater Biome Facts

Only 3% of the water on Earth comes from freshwater biomes.

There are over 700 different species of fish that live in a freshwater biome.

99% of all freshwater is either in the form of ice or located in an aquifer.

Many animals besides fish live in freshwater biomes. This includes crocodiles, hippopotamus, turtles, and frogs.

Freshwater biomes are subdivided into three groups: lakes and ponds, streams and rivers, and wetlands.

There are four key features that determine the ecology of streams and rivers - the flow of the water, amount of light, the temperature or climate, and the chemistry of the river.

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Smaller bodies of water such as ditches and puddles are also considered freshwater biomes because they help some form of life to survive.

Freshwater biomes are very important to our survival because they supply people with more than half of their drinking water.

The largest freshwater biome is the Florida Everglades.

The water in a freshwater biome contains less than 1% of salt water. Any body of water that contains little to no salt is considered freshwater.

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Rain in freshwater ecosystems aide in restoring our precious natural resource. According to National Geographic, 70 percent of our global water use comes from freshwater and over half of that water is wasted.