Temperate Grasslands

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Temperate Grasslands

Location: Temperate Grasslands, Arizona

Map of locations for a temperate grassland

Temperate grasslands are a division of a larger biome grouping of grasslands that includes tropical savannas. Both biome types are characterized by a dominance of grasses, yet temperate grasslands differ significantly from savannas.

Temperate grasslands are located north of the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees North) and south of the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees South). The major temperate grasslands include the veldts of Africa, the pampas of South America, the steppes of Eurasia, and the plains of North America. Source http://www.defenders.org/grasslands/temperate-grasslands

Temperate grasslands have hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can be well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter temperatures can be as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. They typically have between 10 and 35 inches of precipitation a year, much of it occurring in the late spring and early summer. Snow often serves as a reservoir of moisture for the beginning of the growing season. Seasonal drought and occasional fires help maintain these grasslands

Some animals that live in Temperate Grasslands, Arizona are Bison, Blackfooted Ferrets, Prarie Dogs, Green Bee-Eaters,and Pink Fairy Armidillos. May other interesting creatures live here as well. Some examples of plants and vegatation in the Temperate Grasslands, Arizona are prarie grass, seeds, roots of flowers like daises.

Temperate Grasslands

The Temperate Grassland foodchain in Arizona has many animals. This an example of one.

Herbivore: BisonCarnivore: Blackfooted FerretOmnivore: Skunks

Vocab: Tempurate,of, relating to, or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures. Biome, a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, e.g., forest or tundra. Veldts, open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa. It is conventionally classified by altitude into highveld, middleveld, and lowveld. Steppes,a large area of flat unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia.


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