The biome - an area of the earth that shares similar geography, climate, animals, and plants - is the concept that forms the backbone for studying the living world. Without a firm understanding of how animals and plants have adapted to a particular region of the earth, students would not have a strong grasp of the fields of ecology and environmental science. "Greenwood Guides to Biomes of the World" provides students with a solid foundation for understanding biomes and how they compare and interact with one another. With the exception of the introductory volume, which provides general background information, each volume focuses on a specific biome or set of biomes on a global scale. The set includes discussions, graphs, charts, and illustrations to give students a more sophisticated understanding of this essential scientific concept. Volumes focus on: tropical rainforests and tropical seasonal rainforests; the major types of temperate forests - boreal forests, broadleaf deciduous, Mediterranean woodland, and scrub; the temperate grasslands and the tropical grasslands; deserts; high altitudes and polar biomes; wetlands, ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams; and, saltwater biomes along coastlines, on the continental shelf, and the open sea.