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Biome: Tropical Savanna

  • By: Kimberly E. Medley & Christine Mango Mutiti
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Tropical savanna or savanna is a global vegetation type where grasses are continuous and important but occasionally interrupted by trees and shrubs. The term savanna originated as a description of treeless plains in South America but now describes the global distribution of this mixed vegetation type. The type of woody plants and how they are arranged can vary significantly in relation to the grasses, creating a diverse mosaic landscape across regions where tropical savanna occurs and at the local scale within each savanna. These differences sometimes dictate how the vegetation is classified and named, identifying gradients of change from savanna grassland with no trees or shrubs to parklands or woodlands with a greater abundance of trees, and to thickets and scrub with an absence of ...

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