If we are to conserve biological diversity, we must understand the large-scale, global patterns of biogeography. After reading this chapter, you should understand:
- How large-scale global patterns and the environment affect biological diversity.
- How climate, bedrock, souls, and the geography of life are related to one another.
- What biotic provinces and biomes are and how they differ.
- How plate tectonics affects biogeography.
- What island biogeography is and what it implies for the general geography of life, especially the geography of biological diversity.
- What are the major patterns in the distribution of biomes on Earth and the major characteristics of each of the 17 biomes found on Earth.
- How people affect the geography of life.
- How the introduction of exotic species into new habitats typically affects the new habitats.
- What ecological islands are and how we can help to conserve their biological diversity.