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The Taiga (Boreal Forest) Biome
Transcript of The Taiga (Boreal Forest) Biome
Yellowstone is part of a larger biome knows as The Taiga, or the Boreal Forest biome
The Taiga is characterized by its distinct seasons (particularly its harsh winters) and its large forests
Being a national park, Yellowstone has distinct administrative boundaries, but its natural boundaries aren't as distinct
The vast forests covering the park do not necessarily end at the edge of the park
Flora and Fauna
Over 12,415 different animal species
Over 1,000 species of vascular plants
Average Annual Insolation: 3.71 kWh/m²/day
Average Annual Temperatures
Low: 27.8 F
High: 52.9 F
With distinct seasons and a harsh winter, Yellowstone can be a very difficult place to survive
Partial Food Web
Yellowstone is a high altitude climate, requiring any animals or plants to adapt to the lack of oxygen
With harsh winters, animals like the grizzly bear store fat for warmth
The Yellowstone ecosystem has a very large amount of consumers to produce
Its massive forests have to produce enough energy for all the other consumers in the ecosystem
Although there are very few statistics on the productivity in Yellowstone, it is evident that to support such a large number of consumers, it must be very efficient