A biome is a community of plants and animals living together in a certain kind of climate. Characteristics like long-term climate, types of weather, altitude, and temperature range are important parts of the biome. Scientists have classified regions of the world into different biome types.

This parameter shows how much of the Earth is covered by each type of biome. Each type of biome is given an ID number, like a paint-by-numbers map of the Earth. Here is each ID number and the type of biome:

1 – Evergreen Needleleaf Forest
2 – Evergreen Broadleaf Forest
3 – Deciduous Needleleaf Forest
4 – Deciduous Broadleaf Forest
5 – Mixed Forest
6 – Closed Shrubland
7 – Open Shrubland (Desert)
8 – Woody Savanna
9 – Savanna
10 – Grassland
11 – Wetland
12 – Cropland
13 – Urban and Built-Up
14 – Cropland Mosaic
15 – Permanent Snow and Ice
16 – Barren/Desert – Bare Soil and Rocks
17 – Water Bodies
18 – Tundra

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