Biomes

Biome Low Temp High Temp Rain/Snow Soil
Snow line -40° C -20° C 0/1cm Stone
Tundra -70° C 10° C 5/20cms Frozen
Taiga -50° C 20° C 20/30cms Poor
Grasslands 5°C 25° C 120/0cms Poor
Deciduous 5° C 25° C 100/0cms Good
Savanna 20° C 30° C 50/0cms Good but dry
Steppes 20° C 35° C 40/0cms Poor
Tropical 20° C 35° C 300/0cms Average
Desert 25° C 50° C 5/0cms Poor
  • Wheat: 35cms, 22 C, low humidity
  • Pumpkin: Lots of water, 20 C, warm direct sunlight, no frost
  • Melon: Warm weather, sunshine, nutrients, air circulation, no frost, south-northeast Africa
  • Sugar cane: Warm, sunny, no frost, 150cms,
  • Carrot: full sun, 18 C, loose soil, well drained,
  • Potato: 20 C, warm soil, moist soil all round, elevation, drained soil,

The world of DistantLands is at a very early stage of cultural development. Because of this, most of what your culture does is governed by the environment and its surroundings. The following is a guide on how different biomes affect the development of those who live in them.

  1. Snow line (Mountain peaks)
    1. The snow line is a point in elevation (190) permanently covered in ice and snow.
    2. No plants will grow here due to the ice covering the stony ground, and almost no animals live here. This means there is no wood for building.
    3. The ice and frozen, stony, unstable earth prevents any significant amount of mining.
    4. Reflective snow and a thin atmosphere make these regions dangerous in terms of sun exposure by day, and lethal chills sweep across by night.
    5. Despite the temperatures not reaching as low as the tundra might, winds can blast as cold as -100° C.
  2. Tundra (Ice plains)
    1. The tundra is a barren, permanently frozen, flat biome.
    2. As with the snow line, the ground is too frozen and stony to support many plants, but thin grasses, small shrubs, and mosses may grow here.
    3. It rains as rarely as a desert and the temperature is often below freezing.
    4. Unlike the snow line, mining in the tundra is easier; the snow and ice layer isn't as thick, and there's no risk of causing avalanches.
    5. Flowing water is possible, but rare.
  3. Taiga (Alpine)
    1. A taiga is a biome where conifers/evergreens grow. Common conifers include pine, spruce, fir, and redwood trees. These trees do not drop leaves during winter like deciduous trees do. They keep their leaves so that they can begin photosynthesis earlier and the dark needle-like leaves absorb heat more effectively. They are often shaped like pyramids so that heavy snow can slide harmlessly off the tree, and the thin, tall trunks help to reach sunlight higher up and avoid harsh winds.
    2. Winter produces only snow, while the brief summers may become more humid and warmer, though this depends on the region itself.
    3. Any other plants are usually small groundcover plants which stay near to the ground to avoid cold winds and grow slowly to preserve energy.
    4. Soil condition is often poor because the abundance of ice prevents dead matter from decomposing.
  4. Grasslands (Plains)
    1. Dry, flat, hilly expanses of grass.
    2. Trees are very rare due to a low amount of rainfall and inability for saplings to compete with existing vegetation, but flowers, grasses, shrubs, and herbs are common.
    3. Soil is often thin and dry, and not very fertile.
    4. The further a grassland is from an ocean, the dryer it is. Despite this, temperatures can still fluctuate a lot, and can vary from far below zero to very warm.
  5. Deciduous Forest
    1. Deciduous forests are made up of deciduous trees.
    2. These forests have four distinct seasons – summer, autumn, winter, and spring, and each visibly affects deciduous plants.
    3. Temperatures vary a lot, but are mildly cold on average.
    4. Due to a large number of plants which grow on all levels, the soil is often quite fertile.
  6. Savanna
    1. A vast region of grass and scattered trees, often separating deserts and rainforest regions.
    2. Temperatures are always warm, but heavy amounts of rainfall during summer can result in large amounts of water.
    3. Plants that store their energy underground in bulbs or corms are able to survive dry seasons. Thick bark protects plants from potential fires, hollow trunks store water, and deciduous leaves help to conserve water by dropping off during winter.
    4. Due to the large amounts of open space and grasses to eat, grazing animals can grow very large.
  7. Tropical
    1. Tropical regions are warm regions with tall, lush trees.
    2. A lot of rain falls in tropical regions, so plants here have large leaves with which they can collect and absorb water easily. These trees also have leaves up high, because there's no sunlight beneath the canopy for the leaves to utilise. Wood here is soft and thin, because they don't need protection from ice, water loss, or fires.
    3. Despite the richness of vegetation here, the soil is not very fertile; groundcover plants are scarce and the trees rely on rain and sunlight to survive. Most of the nutrients are found in and around the networks of tree roots themselves.
  8. Desert
    1. Hot and dry areas, often expansive, empty, and sandy.
    2. Plants here are very rare. In cooler deserts that receive water and have soil, some shrubs may grow, otherwise a desert won't have more than a bit of grass and some moss if the land permits.