Extent of temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands
shrublands biomes whose predominant
vegetation consists of
temperate and ranges from
semi-arid to semi-humid.
Temperature: warm to hot season (often with a cold to freezing season in winter)
Soil: fertile with rich nutrients and minerals
Plants: grass; trees or shrubs in savanna and shrubland
Animals: large, grazing mammals; birds; reptiles
shortgrass prairies are short grasslands that occur in semi-arid climates.
Tallgrass prairies are tall grasslands in areas of higher rainfall.
pastures are, respectively, low shrublands and grasslands where forest growth is hindered by human activity but not the climate.
Tall grasslands, including the
tallgrass prairie of
North America, the north-western parts of
Eurasian steppe (
Ukraine and south of
Russia) and the
Humid Pampas of
Argentina, have moderate rainfall and rich soils which make them ideally suited to extensive agriculture, and tall grassland ecoregions include some of the most productive grain-growing regions in the world.
Savannas are areas with both grass and trees, but the trees do not form a
canopy as they would in a
Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregions
Alai-Western Tian Shan steppe
Altai steppe and semi-desert
Central Anatolian steppe
Daurian forest steppe
Eastern Anatolian montane steppe
Emin Valley steppe
Faroe Islands boreal grasslands
Gissaro-Alai open woodlands
Kazakh forest steppe
Middle East steppe
Sayan Intermontane steppe
Selenge-Orkhon forest steppe
South Siberian forest steppe
Tian Shan foothill arid steppe