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biome

 [bi´ōm]
a large, distinct, easily differentiated community of organisms arising as a result of complex interactions of climatic factors, flora, fauna, and substrate; usually designated according to kind of vegetation present, such as tundra, coniferous forest, deciduous forest, or grassland.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bi·ome

(bī'ōm),
The total complex of biotic communities occupying and characterizing a particular geographic area or zone.
[bio- + -ome]
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biome

(bī′ōm′)
n.
A major regional or global biotic community, such as a grassland or desert, characterized chiefly by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate.
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biome

An ecosystem with a distinct climate, organisms and substrates, all of which interact to produce a distinct and complex biotic community.
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bi·ome

(bī'ōm)
The total complex of biotic communities occupying and characterizing a particular geographic area or zone.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

biome

a major regional ecological community of organisms usually defined by the botanical habitat in which they occur and determined by the interaction of the substrate, climate, fauna and flora. The term is often limited to denote terrestrial habitats, e.g. tundra, coniferous forest, grassland. Oceans may be considered as a single biome (the marine biome), though sometimes this is subdivided, e.g. coral reef biome. There is no sharp distinction between adjacent biomes.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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-- Major habitat types within the project boundaries were mapped and their post-impoundment areal changes quantified from color aerial photographs using ARCINFO Geographic Information System beginning with the pre-impoundment phase I (1979), and each post-impoundment phase: II (1984), III (1987), IV (1991).
The proponents claimed that the GOMIOW would serve three principal functions: (1) preserving marine diversity; (2) preserving large areas of the five major habitat types in the Gulf of Maine; and (3) providing control areas for future benthic ecological study.
Collection sites were chosen to represent each of the major habitat types in the southern Appalachian region (Wharton, 1977).
"There are 23 major habitat types in Costa Rica," says George Powell, a biologist with the RARE Centre for Tropical Conservation in Philadelphia.

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