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The Biomes of the World

Merryliam Clewis's Journey through the Biomes
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Maggie Meiman

on 3 October 2012

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The Biomes of the World Nearing the end of his life, Merryliam Clewis decided to fulfill his lifelong dream and take a trip all around the world to visit all of the biomes. For sixty years he had been trapped alone in his basement and knew little of the outside world. Dear Journal,

After a long flight, I have finally arrived in the Badlands. The grasslands are absolutely amazing! For miles and miles, all I can see is grass! The grass is scratchy and tough, but I don't mind. And the winds! The powerful winds howl in my ears, drowning out any noise! Truly amazing! Not as many trees, most are near water sources. After being stuck underground for what felt like a century, this place is most certainly breathtaking!

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,
--Upon arriving here in the temperate deciduous forest I immediately started to observe my surroundings. The trees here have leaves that are green, but I would have loved to see them in the fall when they change to colors like red and yellow before falling off. It is a very comfortable temperature, but I have heard that it can get colder or hotter depending on the season. I wish I could spend some more time here to explore, but I must move on.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,

Ah, the mystical Taiga! I have heard the most interesting of stories from here! Just kidding, no I haven't. I haven't had human interaction for probably six decades! The first thing I noticed when I got here was the temperature. Brr! It is cold up here! Well snow also covers the ground so that might be the main type of precipitation. The tall conifers loom over me and threaten to drop pine cones on my head. Very interesting, I don't see any reptiles! It might be because of the cold.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,
Today I arrived in the Russian tundra. As expected, the weather is frigid. However, i recently discovered that it isn't this way all year. the temperature ranges from -34 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on season . However, the ground has a permanently frozen layer, known as permafrost. The tundra gets roughly 15-25 cm of precipitation a year. there are about 1700 plant species in the tundra, mostly fungi/lichen, but including several simple plants. There is a large number of animals, most of whom hibernate in winter. The tundra is truly a beautiful place.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,
I just arrived in southern part of Europe, home to the Chaparral. The plant life here is mostly brush, and there is a lot of it. This area is extremely drought resistant, which is a good thing, because it only gets 15-40 inches of rain, with the wet season being in winter. Many plants cannot survive here because of the lack of water, and those that can have adapted to hold water. The animal life here is diverse, including wild goats, sheep, cattle, and horses. the temperature here is quite pleasant, and is consistent with the "Mediterranean" climate. I have greatly enjoyed my time here.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,
--I have just now arrived here in Africa to see the next biome, the savanna. So far I have seen many types of grazing animals such as giraffes and antelope. I have never seen these animals before, but I have read about them while I was trapped and alone. Right now it is very warm and there is little water. I have heard that it is now the dry season and that it does not usually rain until the wet season. There are a few scattered trees, but it is mainly grasses. I hope to explore some more before heading off again, but my time is short.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,

I have finally made it to the desert, but I feel my days nearing to an end. The powerful sun pulls my eyelids down, but I force them back open. My throat claws for something to drink, but then I remember I left my water in the rainforest. But I will still observe this teeming biome. I spot a cactus! Oh, how I have always wanted to see one! I am careful not to touch though. The air is so dry, it's almost comforting. It looks like it hasn't rained in ages. Not much animal life is wandering about. The heat washes over me, encasing me in a numb state. My last few moments are here, in the desert. As I display the final characteristic of life, I feel fulfilled.

-Merryliam Clewis Dear Journal,
-I have now arrived in the tropical rainforest, a place so amazing it takes my breath away. If only it was not so very hot and humid. There are many species of animals here. Some of the animals I have seen are toucans, many types of monkeys, and lizards. All around me there is vegetation. I have heard that most of the world's oxygen supply comes from these trees. A few hours before it was raining very hard. I learned previously that this biome usually receives over 200 cm. of rain a year. My expedition is almost over. Next stop: the desert.

-Merryliam Clewis By the end of his journey, Merryliam Clewis managed to fulfill his lifelong dream, while learning a lot about the world he lived in.
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