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Ecosystems, Biomes, and Watersheds: Definitions and Use
Visit this site to read a report on the definitions of the terms ecosystems, biomes, and watersheds. This is a report given to Congress in 1993 to provide information that could be used in the planning process for land use management nationwide.
Neighborhoods: Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats
Go to this site by The Franklin Institute Online to learn more about ecosystems. This is a great resource for links to many different web sites that discuss ecosystems, habitats, and biomes. Scroll down and click on investigate an ecosystem to find an activity that students can do outside the classroom.
The World’s Biomes
Visit this site to read an introduction to the major biomes on Earth. This site classifies biomes as aquatic, deserts, forests, grasslands, and tundra. Click on any highlighted term to find out more about that biome.
At this site by the The Wheeling Jesuit University and NASA Classroom of the Future you can read a description of the conditions that prevail in different biomes and about some of the adaptations organisms have that enable them to survive in these places. Go to the menu to the right of the screen and click on taiga to see a photograph and description of this biome.
Biomes of the World
Go to this site to see a world map showing the locations of nine different terrestrial biomes. Click on any of the biomes listed to see a photograph of the biome and a description of the ecosystems that can be found in that biome.
Introduction to Biomes
Visit this site to read about six major biomes on Earth and some aquatic biomes as well. Scroll down to the special effects section and click on carrying capacity to read about populations and carrying capacity.
EcoQuest: Desert Edition
This is an interactive web site designed for teachers of middle school science. The site introduces students to internet research and multimedia design. To begin, have students click on the tarantula.
Biomes in a Box
At this site you can find an activity that you can use with students to learn about biomes. The site includes an objective, procedures, and extensions of the biome in a box activity.