How do climate and landforms determine the characteristics of a biome? Note:
A biome is characterized by it's dominant plant and animal communities. Species lives within certain climatic conditions, and cannot live in others. Climatic conditions are often a result of landforms, and landforms are often a result of climate. [
Here's an example: Plants in montane coniferous forests are adapted to cold, dry conditions. Precipitation is "locked up" in snow for long periods & not available for plants. The cold, dry conditions are a direct result of the elevation (temperature drops about 10 degrees C every 1000 meters), slope, and a soil type that doesn't hold water. The soil type is a result of the organic composition of the plants which was determined by the weather, the weather's effect on rocks (breaks down rock to add mineral content), and the weather's effect on the soil (washing away nutrients). Slope can also be effected by the climate (landslides, erosion, river valleys). And to complete the circle - these are all things that effect what plants can grow in that area. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=20100413214607AA9qf27
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Climate and landforms are the two factors that determine what characteristics a biome has. Climate plays in important role for the temperature of a place. [ Is it hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Mild year-round? The weather and precipitation affect what grows in a place, such as sparse shrubs in the Alpine Tundra or lush trees in the Rain forest.
Landforms also effect what grows in an area. Rocky hills won't support Mediterranean biomes, which have a large plant and life diversity. Alpine Tundra or Boreal Forests are more suited for these rocky areas. The landforms of mountains may affect the climate. The rain shadow effect from mountains creates a temperate forest on one side and grassland on the other! The diversity of biomes, even on the same content, is also due to landforms.
To create a wide diversity of biomes, climate and landforms work together. Climate determines the season's temperature and growth. Landforms stabilize the plants and sometimes the precipitation. With a wide field of many biome, landforms and climate are imperative to determine the characteristics of a biome.
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