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Climate Patterns and Life


Did you ever wonder why there are so many varieties of plants and animals around the world? Imagine for a moment the local plants and animals in your region. Are there any varieties that are unique to your area? For instance, if you live in parts of Arizona you may have Saguaro cactus in your yard, while in the mountains of Colorado you might find Aspen trees. Are there alligators in Wisconsin? "That's absurd," you say, "it's far too cold." We all know that life forms are adapted to the climatic conditions in which they live, but have you ever thought about what might happen if the climate changed?

In this lab, you will learn more about the variety terrestrial biomes on Earth and the climate that defines them. First, you will research and become a "biome expert." Once you know more about biomes, you will use Google Earth to connect biomes and climate patterns.

After completing this investigation, you should be able to:

Keeping Track of What You Learn

In these pages, you'll find three kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which questions you should answer and turn in.

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