The second edition of U·X·L® Encyclopedia of Biomes offers readers comprehensive, easy-to-use, and current information on 12 of Earth's major biomes and their many component ecosystems. Arranged alphabetically each biome chapter includes: an overview; a description of how the biomes are formed; their climate; elevation; growing season; plants, animals, and endangered species; food webs; human culture; and economy. The information presented may be used in a variety of subject areas, such as biology, geography, anthropology, and current events. Each chapter includes a "spotlight" feature focusing on specific geographical areas related to the biome being discussed and concludes with a section composed of books, periodicals, Internet addresses, and environmental organizations for readers to conduct more extensive research.
Entries on land biomes and water biomes range from 35 to 45 pages each and cover climate, elevation, soil, water bodies, vegetation, animal life, food web, plant and animal adaptations, endangered species, human effects on the biome and the effects of the environment on humans' culture and economy. Features include a full-color page design, 120 black-and-white photos, 11 maps, 14 color illustrations, and 193 photos.
U·X·L® Encyclopedia of Biomes also contains sidebars, a "Words to Know" section and a "For Further Research" section. Entries also include sections providing up to a few pages of information on some of the geographic ecosystems within the biome (e.g., the Coniferous Forest entry might include a section on the Alaskan Coastal Rainforest, the Pacific Northwest, etc.).
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