World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Shrub-steppe

Article Id: WHEBN0003758628
Reproduction Date:

Title: Shrub-steppe  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Monegros Desert, Sagebrush steppe, Yakima Training Center, Cedar Mountain Wilderness, Deserts
Collection: Deserts, Ecoregions, Grasslands, Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Shrub-steppe

sagebrush

Shrub-steppe is a type of low rainfall natural grassland. Shrub-steppes are distinguishable from deserts, which are too dry to support a noticeable cover of perennial grasses or other shrubs, while the shrub-steppe has sufficient moisture levels to support a cover of perennial grasses and/or shrubs.

Sagebrush steppe in northeastern Nevada along US 93

North America

The shrub steppes of North America occur in the western United States and western Canada, in the rainshadow zone between the Pacific Coast Ranges, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada on the west, and the Rocky Mountains on the east. They extend from south-central British Columbia down into southeastern Washington state, eastern Oregon, and eastern California, and across through Idaho, Nevada, and Utah into western Wyoming and Colorado, and down into northern and central New Mexico and northern Arizona. Growth is primarily low-lying shrubs, such as sagebrush.

Shrub-steppe ecoregions of North America include:

  • Great Basin shrub steppe: sagebrush steppe in eastern California, central Nevada, western Utah, and southeastern Idaho.
  • Mojave Desert sky island sagebrush steppe: the Mojave sky islands (with pinyon-juniper woodland) in southeastern California; and small portions of southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, and northwestern Arizona.
  • Colorado Plateau shrublands: western Colorado, northern and central New Mexico, northern Arizona, and eastern Utah
  • Eastern Cascades shrub steppe (including the Columbia Basin): in south-central Washington state, eastern Oregon, northeastern California, northern Nevada, central Idaho.
  • Wyoming Basin shrub steppe: in central Wyoming, reaching into south-central Montana, northeastern Utah, southwestern Idaho, and northwestern Colorado.
  • Okanagan shrub steppe: in the Okanagan Valley in south-central British Columbia, and the southern Similkameen Valley in south-central British Columbia and north-central Washington state.

See also

External links

  • U.S. Government article: "Shrub-steppes"
  • Bioimages.vanderbilt.edu: Index to Deserts & Xeric Shrublands
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.