Every biome of the world is a truly magical place. Its structure is complex, consisting of many levels, each with its characteristic plants and animals. Each organism has its own niche in the biome.

What is the importance of understanding the interdependent roles of plants, animals, the physical landscape and the influence of humans on the biomes of the world? How can you come to understand how the balance of each biome affects our global ecosystem? Can you think critically about global issues? Think about the following questions:

What would happen if something were to change the landscape of a particular biome? What if the temperature were to rise or lower significantly? What if a developer wants to build on the land; what if an animal becomes extinct? What if a plant were destroyed, or if the rainfall greatly increases or decreases?