1. The map, “Earth’s Biomes,” shows the locations of 18 types of biomes and their distribution around the world. Compare the map to the Soil Orders on the front of the Geologic Map Day Poster and the Carbon Sequestration Map on the back of the 2022 Geologic Map Day poster.
Credit: Creative Commons, Ville Koistinen, Full-size version available at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/Vegetation.png
i. What is the climate of this biome like?
ii. What plants and animals live there?
iii. Use the Soil Types map on the front of the Geologic Map Day poster to identify which type(s) of soils this biome has.
iv. Which category on the graph, “Comparison of Total Area on Earth in Various Land Uses,” best describes the land use of this biome.
Comparison of Total Area on Earth in Various Land Use Categories
a. Which categories indicate human use? Which do you think are naturally occurring? Which categories could be considered both? Why?
b. How might each category be affected by climate change? State whether the percent of each category will increase, decrease, or stay the same. Describe the effects you expect to occur.
c. Researchhow land use can impact the amount of carbon in soil. Which use(s) increases the amount of carbon the soil can hold? Which use(s) give off carbon? Why is this?