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Oct 15, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 18)

Blue Planet Biomes – World Biomes

URL:www.blueplanetbiomes.org/world_biomes.htm
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“Oh, give me a home in a real nice biome, where the deer and the antelope play.” Biomes, of course, are large geographic regions containing distinct plants and animals that are adapted to each environment. The site divides the land space up into 10 biomes but curiously (at least to me) doesn’t depict anything in the oceans. Clicking on a biome brings up links to plants, animals, and climate for that biome. What was decidedly disappointing was the lack of comprehensiveness of the listings. Indeed, for Rainforests, which contain some of the most diverse collections of species to be found, only 10 plants are listed. I have to wonder what the aim of the site is. The descriptions are good, as are the few pictures, but I am left wanting much more from this site.
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