Name:____________________________________________Date: _______

Biome Viewer at HHMI        

Go to http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/biomeviewer and click "Launch Interactive"

How to Use the App

-Use the mouse to click and spin the globe to view different parts of the world. 
- Use the PIN to mark an area that you want to see details about.
-When you click on an area, another window will open to provide details about the area  (description, climate, and wildlife)
-Click on “compare” to see details of two biomes side-by side
-Click on the globe to switch from a spherical view to a flat projection of Earth

Part 1:  Explore the Biomes

1. Examine tropical rain forests found in 2 locations on the earth.  Use the side by side comparison view to describe climate and wildlife at the two locations.  Complete the following chart.

Rainforest

Location

Similarities

Reptiles (sp)

Amphibians

 Mammals

Tropical Rainforest - South America

 

 

 

       

Tropical Rain Forest -  Africa

 

 

 

     

2.  Click on the wildlife tab and explore some of the animals found in the rainforest at your locations. You can filter for “threat levels.”   Complete the chart below by providing three examples of species from each category.

 

Endangered or Vulnerable Species

Least Concern Species (list 2 from each group)

Tropical Rainforest - South America

   

Tropical Rain Forest -  Africa

 

 

 

3.  Click on the climate tab.   What information can be learned from the climatograms shown?

 

 

 

Part 2:  Explore the Desert Biome

DESERT

Location

Similarities

Reptiles (sp)

Amphibians

 Mammals

Desert - North America

 

 

 

       

Desert - Africa

 

 

 

     

Desert - Australia

 

 

 

     

Part 3:  Explore the Savanna Biome

Savanna

Location

Similarities

Reptiles (sp)

Amphibians

 Mammals

Savanna - Africa

 

 

 

       

Savanna - Australia

 

 

 

     

 

Endangered or Vulnerable Species

Least Concern Species (list 2 from each group)

Savanna - Africa

 

 

 

Savanna - Australia

 

 

 

Part 2:  Explore Your Home

Use the search function to find your zip code.   

Description

Temperature Range

Precipitation Range

Wildlife (Provide at least 2 examples from each category:  reptile, amphibian, mammal)

 

 

 

     

Go to the Anthrome Viewer and view how your zip code has changed since 1700. 
Summarize:  How did your location change in the last 300 years?  How have humans impacted this environment?