Regional classifications of forests and woodlands

Dividing woodlands and forests into biomes is useful at the global scale, but within a biome there is a good deal of local variation and thus a need for a much more detailed and local regional classification. It is useful to be able to distinguish a beech from an oak woodland even though they are in the same temperate deciduous woodland biome. Some regional classifications are, like the biomes, based on physiognomy but most are based on what is living on the ground which really means the vegetation rather than other components such as the animal or microbe life, since the vegetation is most easily observed. There are many examples of regional classifications that could be chosen; two are given below.

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