Biome ecology
Written by: Evan Brus
Illustrated by: Sabine Deviche

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Conifer: a type of tree or bush that makes cones and evergreen leaves, some of which we call needles.

Equator: an imaginary line along the middle of the Earth, going from side to side.

Grazing: land used for feeding cattle.

Microbe: a living thing so tiny that you would need a microscope to see it... more

Migration: movement of an animal or a group of animals from one place to another.

Mineral: a non-living substance found in nature that is made of specific and organized elements.

Permafrost: soil that remains frozen (below 0˚C/32˚F) for two or more years... more

Flashcard facts and information about biomes

Biology Bits stories are a great way for you to learn about biology a little bit at a time. We’ve broken down information into pieces that are very tiny—bite-sized biology cards. Cutting out the cards will let you organize them however you want, or use them as flashcards while you read.

This set of bits will teach you about one set of categories we use to describe the world around us: biomes. To learn more about the science behind biomes, visit Boundless Biomes.

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Illustration of different biome typesIllustration of a forest on the edge of a grasslandTropical rainforest illustrationIllustration of a temperate forest, with deer, a woodpecker, and mushrooms.Illustration of the desert, with a Gila monster and saguaros.Illustration of the tundraIllustration of the taigaIllustration of the grasslandsIllustration of the savanna, with a termite mound, zebras, and a cheetah.Illustration of a freshwater biome, with plants, fish, and a beaver.Illustration of a marine environmentAn illustration of different parts where the human microbiome is found, including the gut, mouth, and skin.A cartoon silhouette of someone talking, with the words "How do you say?"

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  • Article: Biome Bits
  • Author(s): Evan Brus
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: October 23, 2014
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
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Evan Brus. (2014, October 23). Biome Bits. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from

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Evan Brus. "Biome Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 October, 2014.

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Evan Brus. "Biome Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 23 Oct 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024.

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