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vegetation regionsclick to hear

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

maquis click to hear

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

desert click to hear

Hot region where aridity (less than 4 in of annual rainfall) is such that plant and animal life is almost nonexistent.

savanna click to hear

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

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

grassland click to hear

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

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

boreal forest click to hear

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

tundra click to hear

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