Shrublands

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Tougher than trees and often much better armed against foraging animals, shrubs form the main plant cover in some widely scattered regions of the world. This biome is home to a surprising variety of plant and animal species.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes ...

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Overview

Tougher than trees and often much better armed against foraging animals, shrubs form the main plant cover in some widely scattered regions of the world. This biome is home to a surprising variety of plant and animal species.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every biome unique.

Inside this book

Superb photography, bringing each biome dramatically to life

Clear maps of each major region of every featured habitat identify the main areas of environmental stress

Fact panels give at-a-glance information on each region

Meets curriculum standards for the study of biomes and their importance for plants, animals, and people

Glossary, sources of further information, and index

A comprehensive look at the shrubland biome, describing the climate, plants, animals, people, and future of these areas, and providing detailed views of some major shrubland regions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When reading about the environment, it is easy to picture the Earth as divided into neat areas called biomes. A desert is here and a rainforest is over there. But the divisions are not marked in black ink and this book is about the areas in between. In some places these areas are called scrublands or bush, but the publishers of this book, one in the "Biomes Atlases" series, prefer the term shrublands. Shrublands are areas of fertile soil and harsh conditions. They bridge the gap between coastal and forest regions. Harsh winds and rocky soil prevent full-size trees from growing. Animals in this region must be hearty, as well. This book has done surprisingly well at describing a hard-to-explain ecosystem. The book is organized in five chapters separated by a detailed profile of a specific area. The pictures are beautiful and index and glossary are complete. It is an excellent reference book if not a straight read. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Fine introductions to various biomes. Especially effective are the maps. Brief notes for 10 to 12 highlights appear on each one, commenting on the diversity of flora, fauna, and landforms that occurs. Longer overviews of climate, plants, animals, people, and future prospects for the biome alternate with the regional close-ups. Excellent-quality, full-color photographs and related sidebars break up the texts. Edward R. Ricciuti's Chaparral (Benchmark, 1996) covers many of the same topics as Shrublands. Many books about grasslands cover both tropical and temperate varieties; however, Hoare offers a more in-depth examination by focusing on the temperate grassland. Even libraries that have other books about these topics will want to consider adding these for both report writers and general readers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432941789
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Biomes Atlases Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

Shrublands of the World 6

California Chaparral 8

Shrubland Climates 10

The Gran Chaco 18

Shrubland Plants 20

The Mediterranean 30

Shrubland Animals 32

The Fynbos 44

People and Shrublands 46

Southwest Australia 54

The Future 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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