The Eight Major Ecosystems

Deciduous Forest

What is a Deciduous Forest? Deciduous forests are seasonal forests that occur in several regions throughout the world including eastern North America, the British Isles, eastern Europe, New Zealand, eastern Australia, and northeast Asia.The tree species that occur in deciduous forests vary by region, but generally include species such as oak, beech, elm, walnut, sweet gum, linden, maple, chestnut, and hickory.

Photo's of the Deciduous forest and animals

What is a Desert

What is a Desert?

What is a Desert? A desert biome includes areas where rainfall is less than 50 cm/year. Desert habitat types include hot and dry, semiarid, coastal, and cold. Climate From 32 °F at night and 113 °F at day.Plants Cactus, shrubs, Cardón, Camel Thorn Tree, Prickly pear, Saguaro. AnimalsSnakes, lizards, tarantulas, dingo, porcupines, coyotes. Location North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Desert Biome Facts


What is the Saltwater Biome? Marine regions cover about three-fourths of the Earth's surface and include oceans, coral reefs, and estuaries. Marine algae supply much of the world oxygen supply and take in a huge amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The evaporation of the seawater provides rainwater for the land.
SCARY sea animals you have never seen before

Rain Forest

what is a Rain Forest? A Rainforest has monthly temperatures are above 64 ° F; precipitation is often in excess of 100 inches a year. There is usually a brief season of reduced precipitation. In monsoonal areas, there is a real dry season, but that is more than compensated for with abundant precipitation the rest of the year.

Fresh Water

What is a Fresh Water Biome? A freshwater biome is one that many people overlook the importance of. They are much smaller bodies of water, but important just the same. These freshwater biomes include lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks.


What is a Tundra? In the tundra, conditions are cold, with an annual average temperature less than 5 degrees C, and precipitation (mostly in the form of snow) less than 100 mm per year.


What is the Taiga? The taiga is the biome of the needleleaf forest. Living in the taiga is cold and lonely. Coldness and food shortages make things very difficult, mostly in the winter. Some of the animals in the taiga hibernate in the winter, some fly south if they can, while some just cooperate with the environment, which is very difficult.


What is a Grassland? Grassland biomes are large, rolling terrains of grasses, flowers and herbs. Latitude, soil and local climates for the most part determine what kinds of plants grow in a particular grassland. A grassland is a region where the average annual precipitation is great enough to support grasses, and in some areas a few trees. The precipitation is so eratic that drought and fire prevent large forests from growing.