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Temperate Grasslands

Author: Nathan Lampson

This lesson will provide an understanding of the characteristics and role of temperate grasslands, and its effect on living things.

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Temperate grasslands are a grassland ecosystem that receive more rain than the savanna ecosystem.  Types of temperate grasslands are prairie and steppes.  Prairie has tall grasses while steppes have shorter grasses.  The prairie is kept healthy by a fire cycle that renews the growth of prairie plants adapted to fire.  


Animals that exist in temperate grasslands are species like zebras, lions, wolves, prairie dogs, rabbits, deer, coyotes, foxes, grouse, owls, and snakes.


Very little temperate grassland still remains because much of it has been converted into farmland.  Temperate grassland works well for farm land because there are few obstacles like hills or trees and it has fertile soil.

Temperate Grasslands