Learning about Soils, Biomes, and  Climate

Activities for Secondary Students












Biome Descriptions used in this activity.  Click HERE


Biome Descriptions of the world by the Marietta College Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences.  Excellent site with descriptions, maps and images.  Click HERE.


Climate Descriptions used in this activity.  Click HERE


GIS Description:  http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/gis_poster/


Soil Descriptions:   Click HERE for World Soil groups used in these mapping activities. 


World Soil Information.  http://www.isric.org/  Includes links to soil descriptions


Soils and soil forming factors discussion: 



United Nations, FAO soil description information:



United Nations, FAO detailed soil unit description:  World Soil Resources Reports No. 103



Wikipedia discussion on biomes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biome



Hobbs, Joseph J. and Christopher L. Salter.  2006.  Essentials

         of World Regional Geography.  5th Ed.  Brooks/Cole,

         Thomson Learning.

Geography Education Standards Project 1994. Geography for Life: National Geography Standards. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Research and Exploration.

United Nations, Food and Agricultural Organization. 2007.  Soil Resources Mapping and Classification.  http://www.fao.org/AG/agl/agll/prtsoil.stm 

United Nations, FAO.  2006. World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2006.  World Soil Resources Reports No. 103.  Rome.  Available at: ftp://ftp.fao.org/agl/agll/docs/wsrr103e.pdf

United Nations, FAO, Land and Water Development Division.  2007.  WRB Map of World Soil Resources (Jan. 2003).  Available at: http://www.fao.org/AG/agL/agll/wrb/soilres.stm

Van Velthuizen, Harrij, et al.  2007.  Mapping Biophysical factors that influence Agricultural Production and Rural Vulnerability.  Environment and Natural Resources Series 11.  United Nations, FAO and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.  Available at: http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a1075e/a1075e00.htm

World Wildlife Fund.  Terrestrial Ecosystems of the World.  http://www.worldwildlife.org/science/ecoregions/terrestrial.cfm




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