Published January 2018 Ecosystems
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Biodiversity and Human Impacts
You can use BiomeViewer online or download an iPad version from the App Store.
Click and hold the globe to spin it and explore different parts of the world.
Click and release a spot on the globe to drop a pin there to see a summary of the characteristics of the
biome for that location.
You can also search for locations by name, latitude/longitude, or zip code.
In the biome summary panel, click on “More” to see a longer description, photos, a larger climate graph, and
Click on “Compare” to view details on two biomes side by side.
On the biomes legend, use the arrows at the top to see different layers including anthromes, temperature,
precipitation, and terrain.
Click the gear icon to toggle gridlines and political boundaries on and off.
Click on the globe icon to switch between a spherical view and a flat projection of Earth.
BIODIVERSITY AND LATITUDE
1. Drop the pin on any point in one of the biomes listed in Table 1 below and record the following:
Biome name: ____________________________
Latitude and longitude: __________________________
Range of temperatures: Minimum __________________ Maximum __________________
Range of rainfall: Minimum __________________ Maximum __________________
Total number of species (richness): _________________
2. Share the data you collected with your classmates and complete Table 1 as others share their data. Pick just
one representative location for each biome.
Table 1. Characteristics of some representative biomes.
Temperate Deciduous Forest
This worksheet is designed to familiarize you with the many features found in BiomeViewer.
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