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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 7.16 Giraffes are a majestic sight in East Africa’s savannah regions.

How is a giraffe’s height so well adapted to the savanna environment?

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The way in which a giraffe’s height is well adapted to the savanna environment.

Explanation

Savanna vegetation usually lies between the tropical forests and the grasslands of the steppe regions. A typical savanna forest is a mix of trees and grassland. The grasses in savanna are tall and coarse with bare ground visible between the individual bunches. In general, savanna trees are low-growing and wide-crowned forms, which contain both drought-resisting and fire-resisting qualities, as wildfires sweep savannas during the dry season.

The grasslands support many different herbivores (plant eaters), such as the giraffe, elephant, zebra, rhinoceros, and wildebeest...

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