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Biome Project: Moscow, Russia

Describing the biome that Moscow has including the native animals and plants.
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rachel collins

on 25 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Rachel McKimmon Biome of Moscow, Russsia The taiga biome is found in the northern hemisphere, closer to the polar regions. This biome is cold. Some features of the biome are...
Long winters; short summers
The southern portion of the taiga is populated, while the northern portion is not
Glaciers were once prominent in the biome
The soil of the biome is low in nutrients, but high in acidity Taiga Biome The cool climate of the taiga prevents many animals to survive there permanently. Animals found with in that biome are...
Moose
Deer
Bears
Bobcats
Ermine
Moles
Migratory birds Animals of the Taiga Biome Of the six species listed off, some have major importance to the ecosystem.
Bears would be a top carnivore specie
Migratory birds are considered an indicator specie because they feed of the insects with in the biome
Moles would be considered a keystone specie because they till up the soil and possibly make it more useful for plant life Animals of the Biome Since the climate of the biome is harsh to plant life, not many plants reside in it. Mainly conifers are found in the taiga biome.
Theses some of the trees found in the biome...
Spruce (conifer)
Fir (conifer)
Pine (conifer)
Tamarack (deciduous conifer tree)
Birch
Aspen Plants of the Taiga Biome Since the climate of the biome is harsh, seeing the conifer trees in the biome would mean that everything is stable within the ecosystem. The two more uncommon trees within the biome would be the birch and aspen. These trees would only survive under certain conditions. Plants of the Biome The abiotic features of this biome would be
High levels of precipitation though out the year (snow in the winter months)
The precipitation levels range from 30mm to 90mm
The summer season is when the most precipitation occurs
Low quality of soil
Cold climate
Rocky surface
Permafrost can be found with in the biome Abiotic Features of the Taiga Biome Changes in the biome would be the depletion of glaciers. Since the biome has a high level of precipitation, the gouges that the glaciers left are filled with water creating lakes and bogs.
What it would be like to live in the taiga biome would be one word. Cold. The southern portions of the biome are inhabitated compared to the northern part because it is further distance away from the polar areas of the world. Citations:
"Culture in Moscow." Moscow Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.moscow-life.com/culture/culture.php>.
"Earth Floor: Biomes." Earth Floor: Biomes. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. <http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/taiga.html>.
"Moscow Weather, Russia Weather Averages." Moscow, Russia Weather Averages. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. <http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Moscow-weather-averages/Moscow-City/RU.aspx>. Culture of Moscow Moscow has a culture rich of history, from its religious history to its political history.
Some infamous sites to visit would be
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Petersburg
Red Square Other amenities the area would provide would be centered around the arts. There are plenty of attractions that feature art performances such as the theater, ballet, and art museums. These changes could affect the ecosystems surrounding the past glaciers because the environment is destroyed so a depletion of a specie(s) could ensue. The opposite affect could happen as well. With the precipitation filling the valleys, a new swarm of insects could arrive and thrive off of that environment. The Taiga biome may seem like a cold, harsh. desolate place, but the biome is home to many of the most fascinating areas in the world. Do not fear the cold climate, instead bring a jacket and embrace it! Come visit Moscow!
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