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Biomes and Habitats

  • Ocean: Topic Page
    Interconnected mass of saltwater covering 70.78% of the surface of the earth, often called the world ocean. MORE
  • Forest: Topic Page
    A dense growth of trees, together with other plants, covering a large area of land. MORE
  • Desert: Topic Page
    Arid region, usually partly covered by sand, having scanty vegetation or sometimes almost none, and capable of supporting only a limited and specially adapted animal population. MORE
  • Mountain: Topic Page
    High land mass projecting conspicuously above its surroundings and usually of limited width at its summit. MORE
  • Swamp: Topic Page
    Shallow body of water in a low-lying, poorly drained depression, usually containing abundant plant growth dominated by trees, such as cypress, and high shrubs. MORE
  • Tundra: Topic Page
    Treeless plains of N North America and N Eurasia, lying principally along the Arctic Circle, on the coasts and islands of the Arctic Ocean, and to the north of the coniferous forest belt. MORE
  • Taiga: Topic Page
    The northern coniferous forest or boreal forest that extends over vast areas of Russia, Scandinavia and North America. MORE
  • Rainforest: Topic Page
    Dense forest usually found on or near the Equator where the climate is hot and wet. MORE

World Ecosystems

  • Everglades: Topic Page

    Marshy, low-lying subtropical savanna area, c.4,000 sq mi (10,000 sq km), S Fla., extending from Lake Okeechobee S to Florida Bay. MORE
  • Great Barrier Reef: Topic Page
    Chain of coral reefs and islands about 2,000 km/1,250 mi long, in the Coral Sea, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia. MORE
  • Galápagos Islands: Topic Page

    [Span.,=tortoises], archipelago and province (1990 pop. 9,785), 3,029 sq mi (7,845 sq km), Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean c.650 mi (1,045 km) W of South America on the equator MORE

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