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World Biomes

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World Biomes
Taiga
Largest Biome in the World
Stretches over Eurasia and North America
Average temperature is below freezing for 6 months and lots of snow!
Summers are warm, rainy, and humid around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Location 3
Work on the Flora and Fauna activity


We will continue to look at another 6 biomes Thursday or Friday after plan testing!
Grasslands
Climates are different depending on where you are.
Temperature is moist and humid which allows for tall grass such as the Midwestern United States. Winters are cold but not extreme.
Other places that are father west the temperatures are drier so that means hot summers and cold winters. Will the grass be short or tall?
Youngest Biome
Treeless land (20% of Earth)
Average annual Temperature (-70 degrees)

Look up carbon dioxide sink! This is a great idea to help attract travelers to the tundra!
Tundra
Fun fact: Tundra comes from the Finnish word, "tunturia" which means barren land.......

(http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/tundra.htm)
Plants and Animals
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/tundra_plant_page.htm
Take a few minutes to research the plants and animals in the Tundra! You will need this for the brochure!!!
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/tundra_animal_page.htm
Don't forget to look for endangered species such as the polar bear!
What is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic? A pandemic is different from an epidemic or seasonal outbreak.
Put simply, a pandemic covers a much wider geographical area, often worldwide. A pandemic also infects many more people than an epidemic. An epidemic is specific to one city, region or country, while a pandemic goes much further than national borders.

An epidemic is when the number of people who become infected rises well beyond what is expected within a country or a part of a country. When the infection takes place in several countries at the same time it then starts turning into a pandemic.

A pandemic is usually caused by a new virus strain or subtype - a virus humans either have no immunity against, or very little immunity. If immunity is low or non-existent the virus is much more likely to spread around the world if it becomes easily human transmissible.

In the case of influenza, seasonal outbreaks (epidemics) are generally caused by subtypes of a virus that is already circulating among people. Pandemics, on the other hand, are generally caused by novel subtypes - these subtypes have not circulated among people before. Pandemics can also be caused by viruses, in the case of influenza, that perhaps have not circulated among people for a very long time.

Pandemics generally cause much higher numbers of deaths than epidemics. The social disruption, economic loss, and general hardship caused by a pandemic are much higher than what an epidemic can cause.



http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/148945.php
Pandemic vs. Epidemic
http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/tundra.htm
Interesting fact: The taiga has many conifer trees (evergreens). Why do you think they are called evergreens?
Look up some plants and animals!
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/taiga_plant_page.htm
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/taiga_animal_page.htm
Interesting facts of the Grassland
North America known as Prairies
South America known as Pampas
Eurasia known as Steppes
South Africa have the Savanna & Veldt
Fires are important for maintaining the grasslands!
Deciduous Forest
Found in the eastern half of North America, and the middle of Europe
Average temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit
Average rainfall is 30 to 60 inches a year
More and more people are destroying this biome to live.
Desert
4 types of deserts
High in biodiversity
Rainforest Biome
Has tall trees all year round
50-260 inches of rainfall a year!
Wide range of flora (scientists have counted anywhere from 100-300 different species in 2 1/2 acres)
Found in America, Africa, and Asia
Different flora and fauna are found in each
Also if you would like to use the National Geographic website let me know!
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