"The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs."
-The Free Dictionary

Arctic Habitats - a cold, windy and snowy biome (major type of ecological community) located an area at the northernmost part of the Earth.

Bamboo Forests - a grouping of tall tree-like grasses that often have hollow stems. Certain species of bamboo can grow to be 66-98 feet (20-30 m) tall and are used for building, furniture, and as food. Bamboo can be found in temperate and tropical forests around the world. China has 11-19 million acres of bamboo forests.

Cloud Forests - a tropical forest on the peaks of mountains that has constant cloud cover all year round.

Coral Reefs - a ridge or mound of living corals that rises to or above the surface in warm, shallow sea water. The corals attach themselves to the skeleton of old coral and provide a protected habitat for other living organisms.

Food Chain- a series of living organisms in which each uses the next lower member of the series as a food source. For example, an Orca whale eats a seal that ate a squid.

Food Web - a combination of interconnected food chains in an ecological community.

Freshwater Ecosystems - earth's aquatic (water) ecosystems that include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, springs and wetlands with lower salt content than marine (salt water) ecosystems.

Frigid Zone - the cold zones of the earth inside the Arctic and Antarctic circles where warmth from the sun is weak.

Glaciers - a body of thick ice that moves over time. Glaciers occur when snow accumulates faster than it melts. Glacial ice contains the largest supply of fresh water on earth.

Temperate Zone - the area of the Earth that is warm in the summer and cold in the winter, with moderate temperatures in the spring and fall.

Tropical Zone - the area of the Earth between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn that has a hot climate all year round.

Tundra - frozen desert plains where permafrost (soil that has been frozen for more than two years) covers the land.


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