What Are Biomes?


A biome is a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in. It is also defined as a large ecosystem, extending over a wide geographic region, characterized by certain dominant life. They can be found over a range of continents and are distinct biological communities that have formed in response to a shared physical climate. Biomes have moved and changed many times throughout the history of the Earth. Biomes are the world’s major communities where insects, animals, plants, and people live in a certain type of climate. The climate and geography of an area determines what type of biome can exist in that region. Each biome consists of many ecosystems. The many biomes that exist are deserts, deciduous forest, coniferous forest, arctic tundra, tropical forest, grasslands, and taiga. They are all dependent on each other in numerous ways.

There are also Marine and Freshwater ecosystems that could be considered the water biomes. Both water biomes are extremely important since it contains water. Which water is the basis of all life. The earth’s coldest biome is the tundra which has permanently frozen subsoil called permafrost. It’s important that all the biomes be protected. The reason why is because over the past several years, human activity has destroyed, exploited, or polluted many biomes.

All living things are closely related to their environment and any change in a part. For example like an increase or decrease in one type of plant or animal. Which can cause a ripple effect of change through the entire biome. Also there are changes that can happen regarding the climate or the environment of a biome, those plants and animals that live within it can be threatened. This is why so many of them are able to adapt to the changes so that they can continue to survive. But unfortunately, not all of them are always able to adapt in such a manner so they die out or extinct. Some examples was ice age period and when dinosaurs.

Biomes are really important since any given plant or animal that depend on the biome for food may have a hard time surviving. The circle of life that is part of any biome is very complex. What affects one living thing within it will affect all of them on some level. To conclude all biomes are environments that consist weather, plants, animals, and etc.

Source by Crystal Hernandez