Biomes of the World

Select a Biome Below

Coniferous Forest Deciduous Forest Tropical Rainforest Savannah
Tundra Ocean Fresh Water Desert


Our world can be divided into eight distinct biomes.  Biomes, a term coined in 1967 by pioneer environmentalist Dr. Deitrich Malinger, are ecological "districts" that have a distinct climate and topography. Not only does each biome look and feel different, each Biome is also the habitat of a distinct set of plant and animal life.

It is very important to understand biomes and the life each biome supports in order to fully grasp the importance of protecting all of the earth's assets. It is estimated that every four seconds on this planet, a species of plant or animal goes extinct. So over the course of a year, we lose potentially billions of dollars in unharvested animal meat and pelts, undiscovered fruits and salad ingredients, and unrealized botanical drugs. Only by protecting and managing each biome properly, we can reverse this wasteful trend and successfully reap the financial benefits of operating a healthy and successful planet.

Select a biome above to begin learning about the habitats that make the diverse range of life on earth possible.


Web site created by Dr. Alan Gooden, Geobiology Department, Henrietta University, Prempe, NM. Send your comments or questions about biomes to