These habitat types help us to understand the wildlife that inhabits them and better protect both the land and the species that depends on it.
Great Barrier Reef Animals
Find out more about the animals of the Great Barrier Reef which include marine fish, hard corals, mollusks, echinoderms, sea snakes, sponges, whales and dolphins, marine turtles and many more.
The Island That Exploded
At 10:02 am on August 27, 1883, the equatorial island of Krakatau was violently and abruptly re-sculpted. Preceded by a series of earthquakes and recurrent volcanic activity, the August 27th eruption shattered the island with a force exceeding that of 100 megatons of TNT.
Eastern Deciduous Forests
Deciduous forests once stretched from New England south to Florida and from the Atlantic Coast west to the Mississippi River.
Profile of the Everglades, a subtropical wetland ecosystem that stretches southward from central Florida all the way to the Florida Bay.
The Great Lakes
Profile of the Great Lakes, a chain of five large, freshwater lakes that are located in central North America astride the Canada-Unisted States border.
Profile of the boreal forest, a terrestrial habitat that consists of vast coniferous forests that encircle the globe in the high northern latitudes.
The tundra is a terrestrial biome that is characterized by extreme cold, low biological diveristy, and a short growing season.
Biomes are large regions of the earth that share similar characteristics such as climate, soils, precipitation, plants, and animals.
Profile of the aquatic biome, a biome that consists of habitats around the world that are dominated by water—from tropical reefs, to brackish mangroves, to Arctic lakes.
The desert biome is, in general, a dry boime. It includes terrestrial habitats that receive very little rainfall each the year, generally less than 50 centimeters.
The grassland biome includes terrestrial habitats that are dominated by grasses and have relatively few large trees or shrubs.
Profile of the tropical forests, forests that grow in tropical and subtropical regions and cover about six percent of the Earth's land surface.
Profile of the temperate forests, forests that grow in temperate regions such as those found in eastern North America, western and central Europe, and northeastern Asia.