Biomes, Belts (Life Zones) and Plant Communities

  • Biomes - largest biological communities (largest ecosystems)

  • general examples: forests, tundra, deserts, grasslands

Belts (Life Zones) Across Elevation Change in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
distinct variation in plant communities as found at various elevations
- similar to latitude changes from temperate to Arctic regions

Plant Communities commonly referred to by naturalists and botanists (based on criteria - see map)

- Biomes and Belts Worksheet