The Biomes

The great beauty of planet

The Biomes are the giant mosaic that forming the planetary ecosphere. They represent the shape of major units that determine the extremely rich and diverse physiognomy of the innumerable ecosystems that ensure the functionality and the continuity of the wild life on Earth.
In the oceans, in the endless deserts of Africa, Asia and America, in the residual Boreal forests, along the meandering of the great rivers, in the Arctic tundra, in the Grasslands and Mountains, is preserved the living heritage expressing the diversity of Blue Planet respect to the other planets of the solar system.
Each of the biomes is in fact the final result, but not conclusive, of a great and fascinating chapter in the history of life. Each of them contains in its context, the living testimony of a work by natural evolution of millions of years, in terms of the creation of habitats , for colonization by plants and animals and modeling of the same living organisms.
Knowing the Biomes means confronting the extraordinary, exciting adventure of discovering the beauty of the planet. A cultural adventure, first of all: the same one that moved, stimulated and supported the millenary effort of humanity for the development of the pictorial arts, literary arts and science.
Finally, proposing knowledge of biomes through nature photography takes the meaning of a love act for the Earth and a educative commitment and cultural and emotional involvement of the younger generations towards the high moral objectives for the preservation of Beauty.

Michele Zanetti

General themes prospect

2017 - The boreal forests

Begin upload: January 15, 2017

The Boreal Forests of the planet are located in the northern hemisphere and form a wide band encircling the northern areas of the American, Europe and Asia continents. This is therefore a “cold forest”, formed mostly, but not exclusively, by conifers and as such can withstand the rigors of the sub-arctic continental climate. In its northern border the Boreal Forest comes until the beginning of the Tundra, in which disperses. While its southern border is the presence of mainland Steppe (Asia) or temperate forest (North America and Europe).

Apparently homogeneous habitats it actually includes different situations, to be a giant mosaic with vast meadows with tall grass and marshy areas, river and lake inserted in the vast forest environment. Sometimes monotonous as the vast surfaces (Siberian taiga), sometimes with interesting flora and fauna situations.

The Boreal Forest extends from the northern coasts of Asia Pacific to the northern coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, where it arrived to cover much of the Scandinavian Peninsula. In the Americas, it is covering much of the Canadian and Alaskan territory, reaching US territory in the Great Lakes and along the ridge of the Rocky Mountains. In Central Asia the taiga beyond the northern borders of Mongolia. The southernmost boreal forest covers the coasts of Russian Primorjie, home of the last Siberian tigers and the northern islands of Japan.

The presence of this forest in Italian territory and Southern Europe is limited to the alpine zone. In these regions, the boreal forest covers large areas in high alpine valleys, here, the typical climate of latitude is replaced by the altitude. It is therefore the expression of the Larch and spruce, which constitute the forest forms of altitude in the Alps.

New deadline: April 04, 2017

Further editions

  • 2018 Prairies, steppes and savannah
  • 2019 Seas, oceans and coastlines
  • 2020 Tropical forests
  • 2021 Glaciers, polar caps and tundra

PAST EDITIONS

  • 2014 - The temperate forests
  • 2015 - Rivers, lakes, marshes and lagoons
  • 2017 - Deserts, rocks and screes