This web site, maintained by the Environmental Literacy Council, contains data and maps of major biomes and pertinent links about those biomes.

Biogeography Home Page
This site is the home page for a course in Biogeography taught at Radford University. It contains extensive supplementary materials dealing with life zones, biomes, zoogeographic provinces, and virtual field trips to six different locations around the U.S. There are also hot links to other sites dealing with biodiversity maps, aquatic biomes and biomes of the world.

World Biomes
This site provides basic factual information about the earth, the formation of life, world climate zones, climate classification systems as well as in depth descriptions of the world's major biomes. For each biome, there are color maps, descriptive characteristics, photographs, and information on typical plants and animals.

Adaptive Radiation and Endemic Species on Islands
Using a slide show format, this site describes adaptive radiation among Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands. It also describes endemism among birds of the Hawaiian Islands.

Biodiversity Hotspots
Sponsored by Conservation International, this site presents information about hotspots, regional comparisons of species present, information about monitoring and conservation of biodiversity hotspots, downloadable maps, a glossary, and a bibliography. The site also provides information about the Rapid Assessment Program for conducting assessments of poorly known ecosystems.

Association of State Wetland Managers
This homepage describes wetlands and why they are important. It also provides news, information on federal, state, and local wetland programs, as well as access to wetland databases, fact sheets, and related internet sites.

Purple Loosestrife
This site provides access to a detailed report on this invasive plant species prepared by the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center of the United States Geological Survey. The report is titled; Spread, impact, and control of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicornia) in North American wetlands.

Hydrothermal Vents
This is the home page of the Vents Program of the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. At this site one can find access to videos, maps, a photogallery, descriptions of ongoing projects and the technology of deep sea diving and exploration. There is also a compilation of educational materials for teachers.

Land Use History of North America - Colorado Plateau
There is lots of information provided at this site about the geology and ecology of the Colorado Plateau. Biotic communities are described in some detail. One can find maps, photos, and descriptions of research. Also available are descriptions of changes in the biota over time and the agents that have caused those changes.

Exotic Species and Their Effects on the Great Lakes
This site is sponsored by the Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council and describes the biology and ecology of some of the major invasive species threats to the Great Lakes. There is a field guide provided as well as access to related newsletters, federal and state legislation, task forces and panels trying to deal with the invasions, and information about surveillance programs and procedures for reporting sitings.