© Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 94-4327 Visit www.newpathlearning.com for Online Learning Resources. Kinds of Ecosystems There are many kinds of ecosystems. Each ecosystem has its own unique group of living and nonliving things. Examples of different kinds of ecosystems include wetlands, coral reefs, prairies and deserts. Many factors, such as climate, soil and type of water, determine the kinds of plants and animals that can live there. wetland prairie coral reef desert Deserts are hot and dry with little rainfall. The soil is nutrient-poor. Coral reefs are mounds formed in the ocean by tiny animals called “polyps.” They pr ovide habitat for tropical fish and other animals. Prairies have four seasons, with a wide variety of temperatures and precipitation. The soil is nutrient-rich. Wetlands are covered with water most of the year and provide habitat for many young plants and animals. Some photos courtesy of USFWS, NOAA & NPS.
© Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 94-4327 Visit www.newpathlearning.com for Online Learning Resources. Pause & Review Where do you think these organisms live? Decide which ecosystem they belong in and write the answer below the image: wetland, desert, coral reef, or prairie. Kinds of Ecosystems