Grass is the dominate vegetation for the grasslands. Tree's and large shrubs are barely there. Shrubs grow after a fire.
Grasses grow from near their base, not from tip, so they are not damaged from grazing animals or fire
Description of Grasslands
They have rich soil, it is deep and dark. The upper layers are most fertile.
Animals in the Temperate Grasslands
Tropical grasslands provide food for a variety of large mammals such as the duikers, antelopes and gazelles. All of them belong to the cattle family.
They have a four chamber stomach and can digest grass and other tough plant material.
Human Impacts to Temperate Grasslands
~ Less than 8% of the grasslands worldwide are protected.
~Grasslands are also known as prairies, pampas, steppes, and savannas.
~25% of the Earth is covered by the Grassland biome.
- Biomes of the world, Michael Allaby -1999