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Grasslands



Grasslands
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.11

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     challenging words:    interesting, short-distance, temperate, survival, contrast, plant-eating, rainfall, savannahs, cheetahs, biome, further, landscape, actually, receive, fastest, dominate
     content words:    North America, Central Asia, South Africa, South America


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1     The grassland is an interesting biome. It is too dry to grow trees, but it is not dry enough to be a desert. Since neither forests nor bare ground rule the landscape there, grasses flourish. They cover the area like a big, green carpet!
 
2     There are two kinds of grasslands. There are temperate grasslands and savannahs. What is the difference between the two? Well, temperate grasslands have quite a contrast in seasonal temperatures. Summers are hot. Winters are cold. Temperatures can range from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperate grasslands average about 20-35 inches of precipitation a year. Most of their rain falls in late spring or early summer. Winter is a tough time for animals living there. Grasses are either dead or buried under snow. Animals that eat plants find it hard to survive. We can find temperate grasslands in North America, Europe, Central Asia, South Africa, and Argentina.
 
3     Savannahs, on the other hand, are warm all year round. They also receive slightly more rainfall than temperate grasslands do. For animals living in savannahs, the difficult time of the year is not the winter but the dry season. The long drought forces animals to travel for long distances to find food and water. Fires are common, too. Perhaps the biggest difference between temperate grasslands and savannahs is that savannahs have some trees scattered around! Africa, Australia, and South America all have savannahs.

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