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The Taiga (Boreal Forest) Biome

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Ian Ware

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Yellowstone National Park Biome
Yellowstone 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
American Bison
Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Trout
Boreal Toad
Over 1,000 species of vascular plants
Douglas Firs
Whitebark Pines
Phlox
Lupines
Cinquefoils
Climate/Insolation
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
Productivity
Sources!
http://www.thewildclassroom.com/biomes/taiga.html
http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?wyyell
http://visityellowstonenationalparkyall.weebly.com
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/652774/Yellowstone-National-Park/306480/Plant-and-animal-life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:American_bison_k5680-1.jpg
http://www.humboldt.edu/redwoods/photos/dougfir.php
http://www.gaisma.com/en/location/yellowstone-national-park-wyoming.html
http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/student/2007/question.aspx?GradeID=100&SubjectCode=bio_hs&QuestionTypeName=&QuestionID=5371
http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com/wildlife.htm
Partial Food Web
Adaptations
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
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