Average net primary production of the Earth's major habitats


Average net primary production of the Earth's major habitats

Table
Average net primary production of the Earth's major habitats
habitat net primary
production
(gram per
square metre
per year)
Forests
tropical 1,800
temperate 1,250
boreal 800
Other terrestrial habitats
swamp and marsh 2,500
savanna 700
cultivated land 650
shrubland 600
desert scrub 70
temperate grassland 500
tundra and alpine 140
Aquatic habitats
algal beds and reefs 2,000
estuaries 1,800
lakes and streams 500
continental shelf 360
open ocean 125
Source: Adapted from Robert E. Ricklefs, Ecology, 3rd edition (1990), by W.H. Freeman and Company, used with permission.
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