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In Kerbal Space Program a biome is a geographic area on the surface of a celestial body typically corresponding with types of geology like mountains or craters. This is in contrast to the real meaning of the term in which biomes are biotic communities in contiguous areas with similar climatic conditions and organism populations.

The results of science activities often differ when performed in different biomes, and thus provide more opportunities to earn Science Points in Career Mode to research further along the technology tree. In Sandbox, even the text descriptions from experiments are unavailable, rendering biomes unimportant.

Areas belonging to a biome may be geographically separate, but they're not considered different areas. For example, after performing an EVA Report at Kerbin's north polar IceCap biome, performing one from the southern IceCap gives the same results (and Science Points) as if it had been performed a second time in the northern IceCap.

With version 0.90 biomes were added to all celestial bodies which have a solid surface, which excepts Jool and the Sun. Before that only the Kerbin system - Kerbin, Mun and Minmus - had biomes. Jool's moon Laythe and the planet Eve have bodies of water and science activities performed in them stated as being from "Laythe's oceans" and "Eve's oceans". However, this was just the effect of the situation "SrfSplashed" for a splashdown versus the usual "SrfLanded" surface landing.

Kerbol

The star Kerbol (officially called “The Sun”) has no biomes. Any attempt to land on its surface will result in the craft overheating, and ultimately exploding.


Moho biome map as of 0.90.0

Moho

The planet Moho has 12 biomes. It is one of two bodies (the other being Ike) that have their own North and South Pole biome. On the North Pole there is a big sinkhole called the Northern Sinkhole.

Moho biome list

  • North Pole
  • Northern Sinkhole Ridge
  • Northern Sinkhole
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Minor Craters
  • Central Lowlands
  • Western Lowlands
  • South Western Lowlands
  • South Eastern Lowlands
  • Canyon
  • South Pole

Eve biome map as of 0.90.0

Eve

The planet Eve has 7 biomes. It has several Explodium Seas, among which lie large continents.

Eve biome list

  • Poles
  • Explodium Sea
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
  • Peaks
  • Impact Ejecta

Gilly biome map as of 0.90.0

Gilly

With only 3 biomes, the moon of Eve, called Gilly, has the fewest number of biomes.

Gilly biome list

  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands

Kerbin

Kerbin biome map
Kerbin biome map as of 0.90.0

The planet Kerbin has 9 biomes, plus a large number of surface-only “location biomes” comprising Kerbal Space Center. Roughly 60% Kerbin's surface is Water biome. Grasslands and Highlands biomes cover most of the land area.

Kerbin is the only celestial body with location biomes: the grounds of KSC and the many structures it is composed of. Each count as a biome only with experiments performed on the surface. KSC is within a Shores biome, so experiments while flying at any altitude over the KSC count as Shores. However, it is possible to get an "EVA Report while flying over" the area. The exact trigger is unknown but may relate to split-second timing while jumping on a parked vessel.

Kerbin biome list

  • Ice Caps
  • Tundra
  • Highlands
  • Mountains
  • Grasslands
  • Deserts
  • Badlands
  • Shores
  • Water


KSC location biome list
Note: While the per-area biomes are available from the start of a new career game, the per-structure biomes will not be found until each facility is upgraded.

Mun biome map
Mun biome map as of 0.90.0

Mun

The biggest moon of Kerbin, called the Mun, has a total of 15 biomes, 7 of which are uniquely named major craters. The Mun has the largest amount of biomes in the Kerbol System. Most of the surface area belongs to the Midlands biome followed by the Highlands. Canyon biomes extend off a few major craters.

Mun biome list

  • Poles
  • Polar Lowlands
  • Polar Crater
  • Highlands
  • Highland Craters
  • Midlands
  • Midland Craters
  • Northern Basin
  • Northwest Crater
  • East Farside Crater
  • Canyons
  • Farside Crater
  • East Crater
  • Twin Craters
  • Southwest Crater

Minmus biome map
Minmus biome map as of 0.90.0

Minmus

The moon of Kerbin, called Minmus, has a total of 9 biomes. The most distinctive quality of Minmus's biomes is the variety of Flats, which in-game text describe as “lake beds”. They are almost perfectly flat and may represent salt flats. Roughly two-thirds of the surface area is irregular terrain transitioning between Highlands, Midlands, and Lowlands with Slopes in-between.

Minmus biome list

  • Poles
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
  • Slopes
  • Flats
  • Lesser Flats
  • Great Flats
  • Greater Flats

Duna biome map as of 0.90.0

Duna

The planet Duna has 5 biomes.

Duna biome list

  • Poles
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Craters

Ike biome map as of 0.90.0

Ike

The moon of Duna, called Ike, has 8 biomes. It is one of two bodies (the other being Moho) that has their own North and South Pole biome.

Ike biome list

  • Polar Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Eastern Mountain Ridge
  • Western Mountain Ridge
  • Central Mountain Range
  • South Eastern Mountain Range
  • South Pole

Dres biome map as of 0.90.0

Dres

The planet Dres has 8 biomes.

Dres biome list

  • Poles
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Ridges
  • Impact Ejecta
  • Impact Craters
  • Canyons

Jool

The planet Jool has no biomes, since it is a gas giant and therefore landing on its surface is not possible.

Laythe biome map as of 0.90.0

Laythe

The first moon of Jool, called Laythe, has 5 biomes. Laythe exists of a huge ocean, called The Sagen Sea, with some small Dunes and Shores biomes. It also has bay, called the Cresent Bay and a Poles biome.

Laythe biome list

  • Poles
  • Shores
  • Dunes
  • Cresent Bay
  • The Sagen Sea
  • Vall biome map as of 0.90.0

    Vall

    The second moon of Jool, called Vall, has 4 biomes.

    Vall biome list

    • Poles
    • Highlands
    • Midlands
    • Lowlands

    Tylo biome map as of 0.90.0

    Tylo

    The third moon of Jool, called Tylo, has 8 biomes. Three biomes have the exact same name but are seen separately in KSP. It is unknown, if this is a bug or was simply overlooked by Squad.

    Tylo biome list

    • Highlands
    • Midlands
    • Lowlands
    • Mara
    • Minor Craters
    • Major Crater
    • Major Crater
    • Major Crater

    Bop biome map as of 0.90.0

    Bop

    The fourth moon of Jool, called Bop, has 5 biomes.

    Bop biome list

    • Poles
    • Slopes
    • Peaks
    • Mara
    • Valley
    • Ridges

    Pol biome map as of 0.90.0

    Pol

    The fifth moon of Jool, called Pol, has 4 biomes.

    Pol biome list

    • Poles
    • Lowlands
    • Midlands
    • Highlands

    Eeloo biome map as of 0.90.0

    Eeloo

    The planet Eeloo has a total of 7 biomes.

    Eeloo biome list

    • Poles
    • Glaciers
    • Midlands
    • Lowlands
    • Ice Canyons
    • Highlands
    • Craters

    References

    • Answer in “List of places and biomes in KSP (planetary geology & geography) - UPDATING FOR v0.90” by Olympic1