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vegetation regions click to hear : vegetation regions

Vegetation plays an essential role in maintaining biospheric equilibrium; it varies depending on climate and soil characteristics.
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maquis desert savanna tropical rain forest grassland temperate forest boreal forest tundra

maquis click to hear : maquis

Vast expanse of degenerated vegetation composed of shrubs with evergreen leaves; it is adapted to summer drought.

desert click to hear : desert

Hot region where aridity (less than 100 mm of annual rainfall) is such that plant and animal life is almost nonexistent.

savanna click to hear : savanna

Vast expanse of herbaceous plants, dominated by tall grasses and shrubs; it is typical of hot regions that have a rainy season.

tropical rain forest click to hear : tropical rain forest

Dense forest whose biodiversity is among the richest; its growth is fostered by abundant and regular precipitation.

grassland click to hear : grassland

Vast expanse of herbaceous plants, mostly grasses; virtually devoid of trees, these regions are characterized by relatively cold, dry winters.

temperate forest click to hear : temperate forest

Forest composed mainly of deciduous trees, including oak, ash and beech.

boreal forest click to hear : boreal forest

Vast expanse of forest composed mainly of conifers, although certain deciduous trees also grow here.

tundra click to hear : tundra

Plant formation that grows in relatively arid regions; it includes mosses, lichens, grasses, bushes and dwarf trees.