An Ecoregions Approach to the World

Ecoregions, short for ecological regions, are areas with similar environmental resources. They often have common geographic features such as mountains or watersheds, but their delineation is also based on additional biological, geological, and climate-related patterns. This blog focuses on world geography with attention to ecoregions. I am posting information about different ecoregions. Most descriptions are based on a map area of ten degrees of latitutude and variable longitude depending on distance from the equator. Each map comes with a description of the environment and scientific and cultural points of interest. Special attention is paid to world heritage sites, wetlands of international importance, national parks and other special and unique places.

Current Theme: Cold Temperate

Past Themes

Madeira River
Equatorial, 0 to 10 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Tambora and Puting Peninsula; Kapuas, Kinabalu, Tubbataha, and Victoria; Coetivy Island; Madeira River drainage; and Guyana Highlands.
Leeward and Windward Islands
Tropical, 10-20 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Rowley Shoals; Clarion, Partida, and Shimata; Hundred Islands, Macclesfield Bank, and Palawan; Jiddat al Harasis; Chiquitano and Pantanal; Leeward and Windward Islands; Rodrigues.
Atacama & Puna
Tropical Temperate Transition, 20-30 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Dampier, Hamelin, and Ningaloo; Cebadillas, Islands of the Gulf of California, and El Vizcaino; Rapa; Gan, Pearl, and Xiang Rivers; Balochistan; Atacama Desert, Puna, and Yungas; Caicos, Turks, and Silver Bank.
Central Afghanistan Mountains
Warm Temperate, 30-40 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Afghanistan Mountains, Pampas, Bermuda, Fang Mei and Shennongjia, Colorado Shrublands, Southwestern Australia.
Aral Sea
Cold Temperate, 40 to 50 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Great Basin Shrub Steppe,  Wasatch, Uinta, and Bear Mountains,  Mongolian Grasslands, Aral Sea, Valdes and the Patagonian Coast, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Labrador and the Eye of Quebec
Boreal Transition, 50 to 60 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Boynes Islands and Elan Bank, Labrador and the Eye of Quebec, Cape Horn and the Falklands, Ural Mountains and Turgay Plateau.

Tundra Transition, 60 to 70 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Ob River and Urengoy Gas Field, Graham Land and Palmer Archipelago, Koukdjuak and the Crystal Eye of Nunavik, Mawson Coast and Prydz Bay.
Haughton, Napartulik, and Simirlik
Polar, 70 to 80 degrees latitude

Posts in this theme: Kara Sea; Alexander Island and Ellsworth Mountains; Haughton, Napaartulik, and Simirlik; Amery Oasis and Dome Argus.

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