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Steps & Techniques: Reading Your Shoreline


map of North American biomes with Minnesota biome inset

Regional Context: Biomes

Because your lake developed as part of a larger system, it is important to understand the lake in the context of the region:

Location in state

Minnesota is fortunate to lie at the center where four major North American ecological regions, or biomes, converge: aspen parklands, prairie grasslands, deciduous forest, and coniferous forest.

This diverse natural heritage supports an unusually rich variety of plants, animals, outdoor experiences, and economic opportunities in the state.

When you identify the region where your lake is located, you will also discover the unique plant communities, climate, and ecological features associated with the region.


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