Part One – Region Consider the Plants of the Week that you have described thus f

Part One – Region
Consider the Plants of the Week that you have described thus far and the geographic region that they represent. Define your focal geographic region:
Where is your region located?
What is it called?
How large is it?
Part Two – Biomes
Choose and describe two specific locations in your region that occur in different biomes. (If your region occurs entirely within a single biome, then choose a second biome that is adjacent to the first.) Name each biome and describe the key plants that distinguish each biome, and the environmental conditions (e.g., seasonality, precipitation, temperature, etc.) that influence the distribution of each biome. In addition, for each biome, identify another region of the world in which you can find the same or similar biome. For each of your biomes, what are the similarities in plant families, species, and environmental conditions between these different regions of the world?
Part Three – Locations
For each of the two specific locations you defined, to the best of your ability based on the plants at the sites you are using, provide the vegetative classification using one of the many vegetation classification systems or ecoregion classifications that have been developed. For the United States, you can use the U.S. National Vegetation Classification system
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(or any other similar classification) as a starting point. Note that you will not be classifying the vegetation for the entire biome; you must be specific to the two locations you selected, given the broad scale of vegetation at the biome level. The following two sets of descriptions explain how the US NVC approaches vegetation classification: Plant Communities and Vegetation Classification
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and Natural Vegetation Classification
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Be sure to use a system that classifies down to the USNVC Group level of detail (see below). If you use an alternative classification system, be sure to provide the name and source of the system. For example, in south Texas you can find the savannah biome. Under the USNVC classification, a location within the savannah biome may be classified as with the following:
Class: 3 Desert & Semi-Desert
Subclass: 3.A Warm Desert & Semi-Desert Woodland, Scrub & Grassland
Formation: 3.A.2 Warm Desert & Semi-Desert Woodland, Scrub & Grassland
Division: 3.A.2.Na North American Warm Desert Scrub & Grassland
Macrogroup: M130 Tamaulipan Scrub & Grassland
Group: G099 Tamaulipan Dry Mesquite & Thornscrub
and you will find a description that reads
“This group represents upland, drought-tolerant, thornscrub vegetation of the Tamaulipan biotic region of southern Texas and northeastern Mexico, often characterized by some mixture of the following woody species: Acacia berlandieri, Acacia rigidula, Castela erecta, Celtis ehrenbergiana, Citharexylum berlandieri, Condalia hookeri, Cordia boissieri, Diospyros texana, Ehretia anacua, Eysenhardtia texana, Guaiacum angustifolium, Karwinskia humboldtiana, Leucophyllum frutescens, Prosopis glandulosa, Yucca treculeana, Zanthoxylum fagara, and Ziziphus obtusifolia with variable cover of grasses and forbs beneath and between the shrubs.”
Write your answer as an essay no more than 750 words in length (not including the vegetation descriptions copied from your classification). Cite your sources in APA format, both in-text to support your points and with full citations at the end of your document.
You will adapt elements of this assignment for your Course Project Local Field Guide.

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