The hot, dry deserts and the cold, treeless tundra may seem like undesirable homes for plants and animals, but in truth, both of these ecological communities-or biomes-are able to sustain a variety of wildlife. Our planet is home to many different types of biomes that support a diverse assortment of life. These books allow readers to explore the world's biomes. Where are they located? How were they created or shaped? What plants and animals can survive there? How have humans affected the biomes? What does the future hold for these ecosystems? the books include full-color illustrations, maps, sidebars, a glossary, and lists of helpful resources. with engaging text and striking photographs, Earth's Biomes offers readers an introduction to ecology and the natural world.
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Introduction Tundra Now and Then
The Lay of the Land
Antarctic Polar Tundra
Conclusion Tundra and Global Climate Change
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