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35.1 Climate and the Biosphere
Solar radiation provides the energy that drives climate differences in the biosphere.

Global air circulation patterns and physical features produce the various patterns of temperature and rainfall about the globe.
1. What four factors determine the distribution of biomes on the earth?
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Rain Shadow Effect

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Four Seasons
Global Air Circulation
Rainshadow Effect
35.2 Biomes of the World
Communities can be divided into a few major classes of terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
2. How does altitude affect the distribution of biomes?

3. What are "lake effect" snows?
Art Quiz
Latitude, Elevation, and Biome Distribution
35.3 Terrestrial Biomes
The earth's major terrestrial biomes are forests (broadleaf and coniferous), shrublands, grasslands (tropical savanna and temperate grasslands), tundra, and deserts.
4. What type of biome can be found where rainfall is greater than 25 cm and plants are adapted to high levels of grazing and occasional fire?

5. What are epiphytes and in what biome are they found?
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Land Biomes
Tropical Forests
Temperate Forests
35.4 Aquatic Biomes
The earth's major aquatic biomes are of two types: freshwater and saltwater (usually marine).

Ocean currents also affect the climate and the weather over the continents.
6. Why do spring and fall overturn occur in temperate lakes and how do these events influence the nutrient levels within the lake?

7. What part of the open ocean supports the most life and why?
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Aquatic Systems

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Marine Ecosystems
Thermal Stratification (Lakes)

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Deoxygenation of Lakes
El Niño Southern Oscillation

Case Studies
Columbia River Tragedy
Life Below the Sea: Part 1
Life Below the Sea: Part 2

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