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13: Earth Biomes

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    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

    • Describe the characteristics of the 8 biogeographical realms.
    • Descrube the major terrestrial biomes and locate them on a world map.
    • Explain how human activities are affecting terrestrial biomes.

    The biogeography of Earth is expressed by the mosaic of biomes that occupy its land and waters. In this chapter we'll look at the characteristics of Earth's terrestrial biomes and their distribution. We'll investigate how human activities are changing the distribution and diversity of plant and animal species, and suggest how our changing climate may affect Earth's biomes.

    Thumbnail: Coast Redwoods. Redwood National Park, California. The stately Sequoia sempervirens, more commonly known as "Coast Redwood" is one of the tallest trees on Earth. (Courtesy Michael Ritter)

    This page titled 13: Earth Biomes is shared under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Michael E. Ritter (The Physical Environment) via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.

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