Grasslands

Evan LeBlanc

Description

Grasslands are big open spaces. There are not many bushes in the grassland. Trees are found only by rivers and streams. The grassland seems like an endless ocean of grass.

Location

Grasslands are found on every continent except Antarctica. The only other place Grasslands are not found is Alaska.

General Characteristics

Grassland soil tends to be deep and fertile. The roots of perennial grasses usually penetrate far into the soil.Grasslands are often located between deserts and forests.

Weather and Climate

The average rainfall for grasslands is 10 to 30 inches a year. The average temperature is -40 to 70 degrees.the climate is damp because it is between a forest and a desert.

Landforms

There are plains hills and streams in the grasslands that are known as the grassland's landforms. There are very few of these located in the grasslands.

Animals

The grasslands is home to many animals the herbivores are elephants,zebras and bison. The carnivores are the lion and the cheetah.

Plants

The milkweed flower , prairie blazingstar flower , and sweet and purple coneflower are found in the grasslands. Along with all these other flower the stinging nettle plant stings anything that comes near.

Catastrophic events

The grasslands have been the source of many catastrophic events like the eight year drought that took place In Africa and Australia. And a huge dust storm that wiped out all crops.

Human impacts

The humans have had a major impact on grasslands such as reducing large parts of it to farmlands. Starting fires that destroy the soil is another human impact. And hunting animals for their body parts are all human impacts.