Temperate Grasslands/Prairie Biome

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Temperate Grasslands/Prairie Biome

Animals1. Franklin's Ground Squirrel2. Plain Pockets Gopher3. Pronghorn Antelope4. Whitetail Deer5. Northern Pintail

Plant LifeDominated by grasses -large deep root systems (hold down soil and help prevent erosion) -can be tall or short depending on location and amount of rainfall received -some can grow to be up to 10 feet -many have adapted to occasional fires, seasonal drought, and grazing by large mammals - prevents trees and large shrubs from growing

Geography-Primarily located in the Northern Hemisphere-Can be large or small areas-One of the largest is the US prairie land (only 1% remains untouched)-The soil is unusually rich, fertile, and deep-Prairie subdivisions: -Tall Grass Prairie- areas with rich soil, moderate precipitation, and tall grasses -Short Grass Prairie- areas with little precipitation and short grass-the land is mostly flat with small hills

Temperate Grassland/Prairie

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MeteorologyClimate---Climates are more moist close to the mountains and to the east and north; they are driest in the central portionsWeatherPrecipitation is in the late spring and early summer Annual average of Rain= 20-35 inches of rain---the amount of annual rainfall affects the height of the vegetation (taller grass in wetter areas)Temperature-Summer temperatures = 21° C (70°F ) or more -Winter temperatures = -40° C (-40° F) or lessTwo Seasons 1. Growing Season- the length of the growing season depends on the length of the rainy season 2. Dormant Season- nothing is able to grow due to cold temperatures

Hot Spot?Devils Lake, North Dakota Jamestown, North Dakota ---the waterfowl population (includes ducks, geese, and swans) are endangered in these areas---these animals are being hunted down by people taking advantage of the land


Map of Grasslands

Characteristics of Animals-many prey have front legs and paws that help them to burrow into the ground---they are protected from predators thereHide from Predators-many prairie animals are nocturnal---they are active at night which keeps them hidden from predators-their color blends in with the plant life---helps them hide from their predators

Plants1. Big Bluestem Grass 2. Blue Grama Grass 3. Buffalo Grass4. Milkweed5. Purple Coneflower



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