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Biomes of the World

Steppe Biome
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This dry, cold, grassland is found on all of the continents except for Australia and Antarctica.  There is a low amount of humidity because the steppe is located away from the ocean, but close to mountain barriers.  The steppe is halfway between a forest and a desert.
Average Temperature in Summer: 104F
Average Temperature in Winter: -40F
Average Annual Rainfall: 10-30 in
 
PLANTS
The main plants are a variety of grasses.  The grasses bery in size from 4 1/2 ft. to 1 1/2 ft.  It is very hard to grow plants because of the poor soil.
 
ANIMALS
Most of the animals in the Steppe are grazing herbivores, like rabbits, mice, antelopes, and horses. 
 
FUN FACTS
There are many endangered species in the Steppe, and even more people are trying to protect them.  The Steppe is losing land to oil drilling, and plowing for farming. 
 

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Produced by Billy Price
2005
Rapid Run Middle School Project