Terrestrial biomes: Rainforest
By: Safa
Forests that receive high amounts of annual rainfall and sunlight are described as rainforests. A special emphasis is given to rainforests as they play a vital role in maintaining global weather patterns. Rainforests are also important as the water evaporating from the trees in the...
By: Srikanth Radhakrishna
The term "Phytoremediation" is derived from the Greek word "phyto" (which means plant) and the Latin word "remedium" (which means restoring balance). This term was coined by Dr. Ilya Raskin of Rutgers University's Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment. He was a member of...
Terrestrial biomes: Alpine
By: J. Lang Wood
One of the most interesting of terrestrial biomes is found in alpine regions of the world. Alpine biomes are found in mountainous regions of the world at altitudes 10,000 feet and higher. These areas have harsh weather conditions with high winds and heavy snows...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The alpine biome is found in various mountain regions of the world. They're usually located at altitudes of up to 3048 meters (10,000 feet), where trees are scarce. Temperatures in the alpine tundra biome are generally below freezing in the winter, when it receives...
By: Patricia Jankowski
Bioremediation is the use of microorganisms to remove pollutants from contaminated areas of land, water or air. Phytoremediation is a form of bioremediation in which plants are used in addition to, or instead of, microorganisms. Superfund, an environmental program created by the Environmental Protection Agency...
Terrestrial biomes: Tundra
By: J. Lang Wood
The word tundra evokes images of vast expanses of a cold and barren land. In fact, the word tundra comes from the Finnish “tunturia” meaning treeless plain. The tundra is one of the harshest terrestrial biomes, with limited plants and animals. Yet, this environment...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The tundra biome is characterized by extremely low temperatures throughout most of the year, along with a short summer season, during which plants and animals reproduce. The tundra biome cannot support many plants. The majority of flora consists of low growing plants, along with some...
Terrestrial biomes: Tundra
By: Colette Georgii
The terrestrial biomes consist of biomes of vegetation. Biomes are a way to categorize the different types of ecological habitats around the world. These habitats are categorized by temperature, precipitation, and types of flora and fauna that grow in these areas. The tundra biome is...
Terrestrial biomes: Taiga
By: J. Lang Wood
Many people are unfamiliar with the terrestrial biome known as the taiga. Taiga is the Russian word for “forest.” This habitat is, in fact, found in the needle-leaf forests of the planet. It is also called the boreal forest. Taigas of the world...
Terrestrial biomes: Taiga
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The taiga biome is the largest biome in the world. It's located between 50° to 70° northern latitudes just below the Arctic Circle and above the temperate forest. The taiga biome has temperatures below freezing throughout most of the year. The annual average precipitation ranges...

 

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