There are 3 major land biomes on Planet Vesta: dune sands, temperate grasslands, and tropical rainforests. Many plants and animals live in these land communities.

Dune sands are the portions of a beach that extend from the high-tide line inland to the sea cliff. They are mounds of windblown sand which vary greatly in size, from less than one meter to tens of meters high. The shapes of individual dunes also vary greatly. The shapes are controlled by the direction and strength of the wind forming it. The sizes and shapes of the mounds are determined by the amount of sand available.

Grasslands are large lands dominated by grasses instead trees or shrubs. Temperate grasslands are located further from the Central Girth in the temperate zone. Temperate grasslands are composed of a rich mix of grasses. Grasslands have hot summers and cold winters with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit while winter temperatures can be as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. These areas usually receive approximately 15 to 30 inches of precipitation a year.

Tropical rainforests are located near the Central Girth in the tropical zone of the planet. It is a warm, lush, and moist environment rich in plant and animal species. The rainforests receive approximately 400 inches of rain per year. Temperatures are constant in these areas, ranging between 70 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropical rainforests are made up of four layers: emergent layer, canopy layer, understory, and forest floor.

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Katy's Rainforest Communities

 

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