Ecosystemsecosystem: A community of animals, plants and microorganisms, together with the habitat where they live. can be small-scale, covering a small area (such as a pond) or large-scale covering a large area (such as a tropical rainforest).
The world is divided up into ten major ecosystems. These large-scale ecosystems are called biomes [biome: A large-scale ecosystem. ].
Biomes are large-scale ecosystems defined by abiotic [abiotic: Non-living elements of an ecosystem, such as climate, temperature, water, and soil type. ] factors. These are:
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