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Ch. 4 Biomes

Biomesareas that have distinctive climates and organisms
Climateweather conditions in an area over a long period of time
Canopythe covering of tall trees with intertwining branches
Bentic Zonebottom of a body of water
Estuaryaquatic ecosystem in which fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the ocean
Littoral Zonenutrient-rich, shallow-water area near the shore
Coniferstrees whose seeds grow in cones
Desertareas that receive less than 25 cm of precipitation a year
Drought-resistancesurvival strategy that allow organisms to live through the worst desert conditions
Estivationorganisms bury themselves in the ground and sleep through the dry season
Permafrostpermanently frozen soil
Wetlandsareas of land that are covered with water for at least part of the year
Coral reefslimestone islands in the sea that are built by coral animals
Taigabiome dominated by conifers
Tundrabiome without trees with frozen soil
Deciduous treestrees losing their leaves in the fall and growing new ones in spring
Temperate grasslandsPrairies and pampas
Tropical SavannaGrasslands of West Africa

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