Temperate Grasslands

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Temperate Grasslands

Temperate Grasslands

By, Owen & Gage

Climate

The Highest Average Temperature is 40 C and the lowest average is -10 C. Precipitation levels of rain range from 25cm to 100cm annually. The regular wind speed in the temperate grasslands is about 15 to 20.

Grasslands are found above 23.5 north lattitude and below 23.5 south lattitude. Grasslands are on every continent except the polar ice. The yellow on the map here is were temperate grasslands are located.

Location

Elevation

Land Features

Mostly a flat landscape. Small lakes are also present but are dry most of the time due to the extreme heat in the growing season. Everything grows really well in the grasslands due to the nutrient rich soil. This lack of lasting water leaves some of the animals to survive off of their food that contains little water. This does make the animals move to the nearest watering hole when it rains to drink as much as they can because they don't know when it will rain again.

Animals

The grasslands hold a vast majority of animals but a large amount of those animals are herbivores. Some of these herbivores are gophers, bison, griaffes, zebras, pronghorn antelopes, and kangaroos. Carnivores include grey wolves, vultures, coyotes, lions, and hyenas. Omnivores of the grasslands are the dormouse, badgers, ostriches, and baboons.

The elevation varies but is usually near 2000 metres above sea level.There are hills in the grasslands but nothing big and not many mountains.

Plants

There are around 9,000 different species of grass in the grasslands. Samples of these species include oats, buffalo grass, blue grama and foxtails. The temperate grasslands grass has deep roots that allows them to grow back quickly after a fire. Flexible stalks allow them to blow in the wind without breaking.

Ecological Concerns

Some ecological concerns the temperate grasslands are facing are very drastic. One is with continued global warming could change the temperate grasslands to deserts with the changing rainfall patterns. Another is a problem that is happening to many biomes is the development of urban areas is increasingly cutting into the habitats of animals and cutting into the biome more and more.


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