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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 [[w:Biome|biomes]] are biotic communities in contiguous areas with similar climatic conditions and organism populations.
 
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 [[w:Biome|biomes]] are biotic communities in contiguous areas with similar climatic conditions and organism populations.
  
The results of [[Science#Science activities|science activities]] often differ when performed in different biomes, and thus provide more opportunities to earn Science Points in [[Career|Career Mode]] to research further along the [[technology tree]]. In [[Sandbox]], even the text descriptions from experiments are unavailable, rendering biomes unimportant.
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The results of [[Science#Science activities|science activities]] often differ when performed in different biomes, and thus provide more opportunities to earn Science Points in [[Career|Career Mode]] to research further along the [[technology tree]]. In [[Sandbox]], even the text descriptions from experiments are unavailable, rendering biomes unimportant except for determining [[ore]] yield. For details and tips on how to get as much Science as possible from exploring biomes (and where to find water in a Mountain biome, for example), see the [[Tutorial:Science|Science Tutorial]].
  
 
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.
 
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.
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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 [[Science#Situations|situation]] "SrfSplashed" for a splashdown versus the usual "SrfLanded" surface landing.
 
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 [[Science#Situations|situation]] "SrfSplashed" for a splashdown versus the usual "SrfLanded" surface landing.
  
=== Kerbol ===
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With versions [[1.2]] and [[1.2.1]], biome maps were slightly overhauled and new biomes were added setting the total count of biomes to 145.
The star [[Kerbol]] has no biomes.
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== Kerbol ==
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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 ===
 
=== 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.
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[[Moho]] has 12 biomes. It is one of three bodies (the other being [[Kerbin]] and [[Ike]]) that have their own North and South Pole biomes. It is dotted with Minor Craters and features four distinct Lowland Biomes.
  
==== Moho biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Moho|
[[File:Moho Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Moho biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* North Pole
 
* North Pole
 
* Northern Sinkhole Ridge
 
* Northern Sinkhole Ridge
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* South Eastern Lowlands
 
* South Eastern Lowlands
 
* Canyon
 
* Canyon
* South Pole
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* South Pole}}
  
 
=== Eve ===
 
=== Eve ===
The planet [[Eve]] has 7 biomes. It has several Explodium Seas, among which lie large continents.
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[[Eve]] has 15 biomes with their own science to be collected. It's main features are a large Explodium Sea with some scattered Islands and Shallow areas as well as a Main Continent and Poles. Within the Continent lie three large bodies of liquid, one being a Crater Lake. There are also areas covered with Impact Ejecta.
  
==== Eve biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Eve|
[[File:Eve Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Eve biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
* Explodium Sea
 
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
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* Foothills
 
* Peaks
 
* Peaks
 
* Impact Ejecta
 
* Impact Ejecta
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* Explodium Sea
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* Akatsuki Lake
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* Shallows
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* Crater Lake
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* Western Sea
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* Olympus
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* Craters
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* Eastern Sea}}
  
=== Gilly ===
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==== Gilly ====
 
With only 3 biomes, the moon of Eve, called [[Gilly]], has the fewest number of biomes.
 
With only 3 biomes, the moon of Eve, called [[Gilly]], has the fewest number of biomes.
  
==== Gilly biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Gilly|
[[File:Gilly Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Gilly biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
* Highlands
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* Highlands}}
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{|
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[[File:Gilly Biome Map 1.2.1.png|thumb|left|Gilly biome map as of 1.2.1]]
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|}
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<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  
 
=== Kerbin ===
 
=== Kerbin ===
[[File:KerbinBiomeMap.png|thumb|Kerbin biome map]]
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The planet [[Kerbin]] has 11 biomes, plus a large number of surface-only “location biomes” comprising [[Kerbal Space Center]] and related launch sites. Roughly 60% Kerbin's surface is Water biome. Grasslands and Highlands biomes cover most of the land area. Along with Moho and Ike it has distinct polar biomes.
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.
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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, either while jumping, grabbing a ladder on a craft, or sitting on a [[EAS-1 External Command Seat]].
  
==== Kerbin biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Kerbin|
[[File:Kerbin Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Kerbin biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Ice Caps
 
* Ice Caps
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* Northern Ice Shelf
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* Southern Ice Shelf
 
* Tundra
 
* Tundra
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
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* Badlands
 
* Badlands
 
* Shores
 
* Shores
* Water
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* Water}}
  
==== KSC location biome list ====
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|title='''KSC mini biomes'''
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* [[Inland Kerbal Space Center|Baikerbanur]]
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** Baikerbanur LaunchPad
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* Island Airfield
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* [[Woomerang Launch Site]]
 
* [[KSC]]
 
* [[KSC]]
 
** [[Administration Facility|Administration]]
 
** [[Administration Facility|Administration]]
** [[Astronaut Complex]]
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** [[Astronaut Complex]]<ref group="Note">In career mode, the Astronaut Complex location biome is available with a first-level building if in contact with the structure, or anywhere on its hex after the first upgrade.</ref>
** Crawlerway
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** [[Crawlerway]]
 
** [[Flag Pole]]
 
** [[Flag Pole]]
 
** [[Launch Pad|LaunchPad]]
 
** [[Launch Pad|LaunchPad]]
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** [[Runway]]
 
** [[Runway]]
 
** [[Spaceplane Hangar|SPH]]
 
** [[Spaceplane Hangar|SPH]]
*** SPH Main Building (Roof)
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*** SPH Main Building
 
*** SPH Round Tank
 
*** SPH Round Tank
 
*** SPH Tanks
 
*** SPH Tanks
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*** Tracking Station Hub
 
*** Tracking Station Hub
 
** [[Vehicle Assembly Building|VAB]]
 
** [[Vehicle Assembly Building|VAB]]
*** VAB Main Building (Roof)
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*** VAB Main Building
 
*** VAB Pod Memorial
 
*** VAB Pod Memorial
 
*** VAB Round Tank
 
*** VAB Round Tank
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*** VAB South Complex<ref group="Note">The South Complex location biome is only accessible with a second-level VAB, making the science available there missable content.</ref>
 
*** VAB Tanks
 
*** VAB Tanks
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''Notes: 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 once or twice. To access each per-structure biome, your craft needs to be touching each new building.''
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<references group="Note" />
  
=== Mun ===
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[[File:MunBiomeMap.png|thumb|Mun biome map]]
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==== 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.
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The biggest moon of Kerbin, called the [[Mun]], has a total of 17 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 ====
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{{Biome list|body=Mun|
[[File:Mun Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Mun biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Polar Lowlands
 
* Polar Lowlands
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* Midlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midland Craters
 
* Midland Craters
* Northern Basin
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* Lowlands
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* Northeast Basin
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* Farside Basin
 
* Northwest Crater
 
* Northwest Crater
 
* East Farside Crater
 
* East Farside Crater
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* East Crater
 
* East Crater
 
* Twin Craters
 
* Twin Craters
* Southwest Crater
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* Southwest Crater}}
  
=== Minmus ===
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==== Minmus ====
[[File:Minmusbiome.png|thumb|Minmus biome map]]
 
 
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 [[w:Salt_pan_(geology)|salt flats]]. Roughly two-thirds of the surface area is irregular terrain transitioning between Highlands, Midlands, and Lowlands with Slopes in-between.
 
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 [[w:Salt_pan_(geology)|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 ====
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{{Biome list|body=Minmus|
[[File:Minmus Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Minmus biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
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* Lesser Flats
 
* Lesser Flats
 
* Great Flats
 
* Great Flats
* Greater Flats
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* Greater Flats}}
  
 
=== Duna ===
 
=== Duna ===
The planet [[Duna]] has 5 biomes.
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The planet [[Duna]] has 14 Biomes. Within the generic mix of Low-, Mid- and Highlands lie various Basins and Canyons with some scattered craters. The most dominant feature is the Midland Sea, which spans half the Planet. The Poles also include separate Highlands and Craters.
  
==== Duna biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Duna|
[[File:Duna Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Duna biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
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* Polar Highlands
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* Polar Craters
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Craters
 
* Craters
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* Midland Sea
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* Northeast Basin
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* Southern Basin
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* Northern Shelf
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* Midland Canyon
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* Eastern Canyon
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* Western Canyon}}
  
=== Ike ===
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==== 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.
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The moon of Duna, called [[Ike]], has 8 biomes. It is one of three bodies (the other being Moho and Kerbin) that has their own North and South Pole biome.
  
==== Ike biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Ike|
[[File:Ike Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Ike biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Polar Lowlands
 
* Polar Lowlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
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* Central Mountain Range
 
* Central Mountain Range
 
* South Eastern Mountain Range
 
* South Eastern Mountain Range
* South Pole
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* South Pole}}
  
 
=== Dres ===
 
=== Dres ===
 
The planet [[Dres]] has 8 biomes.
 
The planet [[Dres]] has 8 biomes.
  
==== Dres biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Dres|
[[File:Dres Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Dres biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
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* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Ridges
 
* Ridges
* Impact Ejecta
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* Impact [[w:Ejecta|Ejecta]]
 
* Impact Craters
 
* Impact Craters
* Canyons
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* Canyons}}
  
 
=== Jool ===
 
=== Jool ===
The planet [[Jool]] has no biomes.
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The planet [[Jool]] has no biomes, since it is a gas giant and therefore landing on its surface is not possible.
  
=== Laythe ===
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==== 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.
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The first moon of Jool, called [[Laythe]], has 10 biomes.
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Laythe consists primarily of a huge ocean, called The Sagen Sea, with another ocean called the Degrasse Sea and some small Peaks, Dunes and Shores biomes. It also has a Poles biome.
  
==== Laythe biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Laythe|
[[File:Laythe Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Laythe biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Shores
 
* Shores
 
* Dunes
 
* Dunes
* Cresent Bay
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* Crescent Bay
 
* The Sagen Sea
 
* The Sagen Sea
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* Crater Island
=== Vall ===
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* Shallows
The second moon of Jool, called [[Vall]], has 4 biomes.
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* Crater Bay
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* Degrasse Sea
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* Peaks}}
  
==== Vall biome list ====
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==== Vall ====
[[File:Vall Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Vall biome map as of 0.90.0]]
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The second moon of Jool, called [[Vall]], has 9 biomes. It has mostly large Lowlands broken up by Midlands and Highlands with some high Mountains in between. There are four distinct Basins and Poles available as well.
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{{Biome list|body=Vall|
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
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* Mountains
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* Northeast Basin
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* Northwest Basin
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* Southern Basin
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* Southern Valleys}}
  
=== Tylo ===
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==== 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.
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The third moon of Jool, called [[Tylo]], has 9 biomes. It mostly consists of generic Low-, Mid- and Highlands with some Mara and Minor Craters scattered in between. There are four distinct Craters. Previously three of these Craters were simply named Major Crater, the reason for this oddity not being known.
  
==== Tylo biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Tylo|
[[File:Tylo Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Tylo biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Highlands
 
* Highlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
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* Mara
 
* Mara
 
* Minor Craters
 
* Minor Craters
* Major Crater
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* Gagarin Crater
* Major Crater
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* Grissom Crater
* Major Crater
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* Galileio Crater
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* Tycho Crater}}
  
=== Bop ===
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==== Bop ====
 
The fourth moon of Jool, called [[Bop]], has 5 biomes.
 
The fourth moon of Jool, called [[Bop]], has 5 biomes.
  
==== Bop biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Bop|
[[File:Bop Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Bop biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Slopes
 
* Slopes
 
* Peaks
 
* Peaks
 
* Valley
 
* Valley
* Ridges
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* Ridges}}
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{|
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[[File:Bop biome 1800x900.png|thumb|left|Bop biome map as of 1.2.1]]
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|}
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=== Pol ===
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==== Pol ====
 
The fifth moon of Jool, called [[Pol]], has 4 biomes.
 
The fifth moon of Jool, called [[Pol]], has 4 biomes.
  
==== Pol biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Pol|
[[File:Pol Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Pol biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
* Highlands
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* Highlands}}
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{|
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[[File:Pol Biome Map 1.2.1.png|thumb|left|Pol biome map as of 1.2.1]]
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|}
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<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  
 
=== Eeloo ===
 
=== Eeloo ===
The planet [[Eeloo]] has a total of 7 biomes.  
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The planet [[Eeloo]] has a total of 11 biomes.  
  
==== Eeloo biome list ====
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{{Biome list|body=Eeloo|
[[File:Eeloo Biome Map 0.90.0.png|thumb|Eeloo biome map as of 0.90.0]]
 
 
* Poles
 
* Poles
* Glaciers
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* Northern Glaciers
 
* Midlands
 
* Midlands
 
* Lowlands
 
* Lowlands
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* Highlands
 
* Highlands
 
* Craters
 
* Craters
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* Fragipan
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* Babbage Patch
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* Southern Glaciers
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* Mu Glacier}}
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
* [http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/53567?p=1605233#post1605233 Answer] in “List of places and biomes in KSP (planetary geology & geography) - UPDATING FOR v0.90” by [http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/members/81815 Olympic1]
 
* [http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/threads/53567?p=1605233#post1605233 Answer] in “List of places and biomes in KSP (planetary geology & geography) - UPDATING FOR v0.90” by [http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/members/81815 Olympic1]
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== See Also ==
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* [[Tutorial:Science|A discussion & tutorial of how and where to get Science in biomes]]
  
 
[[Category:Locations]]
 
[[Category:Locations]]
 
[[Category:Career-specific features]]
 
[[Category:Career-specific features]]
[[Category:Biome| ]]
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[[Category:Biome|Biome]]
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[[Category:Science]]

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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 except for determining ore yield. For details and tips on how to get as much Science as possible from exploring biomes (and where to find water in a Mountain biome, for example), see the Science Tutorial.

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.

With versions 1.2 and 1.2.1, biome maps were slightly overhauled and new biomes were added setting the total count of biomes to 145.

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

Moho has 12 biomes. It is one of three bodies (the other being Kerbin and Ike) that have their own North and South Pole biomes. It is dotted with Minor Craters and features four distinct Lowland Biomes.

Moho biome map as of 1.2
  • 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

Eve has 15 biomes with their own science to be collected. It's main features are a large Explodium Sea with some scattered Islands and Shallow areas as well as a Main Continent and Poles. Within the Continent lie three large bodies of liquid, one being a Crater Lake. There are also areas covered with Impact Ejecta.

Eve biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
  • Foothills
  • Peaks
  • Impact Ejecta
  • Explodium Sea
  • Akatsuki Lake
  • Shallows
  • Crater Lake
  • Western Sea
  • Olympus
  • Craters
  • Eastern Sea

Gilly

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

Gilly biome map as of 1.2
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
Gilly biome map as of 1.2.1









Kerbin

The planet Kerbin has 11 biomes, plus a large number of surface-only “location biomes” comprising Kerbal Space Center and related launch sites. Roughly 60% Kerbin's surface is Water biome. Grasslands and Highlands biomes cover most of the land area. Along with Moho and Ike it has distinct polar biomes.

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, either while jumping, grabbing a ladder on a craft, or sitting on a EAS-1 External Command Seat.

Kerbin biome map as of 1.2
  • Ice Caps
  • Northern Ice Shelf
  • Southern Ice Shelf
  • Tundra
  • Highlands
  • Mountains
  • Grasslands
  • Deserts
  • Badlands
  • Shores
  • Water
KSC mini biomes

Notes: 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 once or twice. To access each per-structure biome, your craft needs to be touching each new building.

  1. In career mode, the Astronaut Complex location biome is available with a first-level building if in contact with the structure, or anywhere on its hex after the first upgrade.
  2. The South Complex location biome is only accessible with a second-level VAB, making the science available there missable content.

Mun

The biggest moon of Kerbin, called the Mun, has a total of 17 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 map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Polar Lowlands
  • Polar Crater
  • Highlands
  • Highland Craters
  • Midlands
  • Midland Craters
  • Lowlands
  • Northeast Basin
  • Farside Basin
  • Northwest Crater
  • East Farside Crater
  • Canyons
  • Farside Crater
  • East Crater
  • Twin Craters
  • Southwest Crater

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 map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
  • Slopes
  • Flats
  • Lesser Flats
  • Great Flats
  • Greater Flats

Duna

The planet Duna has 14 Biomes. Within the generic mix of Low-, Mid- and Highlands lie various Basins and Canyons with some scattered craters. The most dominant feature is the Midland Sea, which spans half the Planet. The Poles also include separate Highlands and Craters.

Duna biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Polar Highlands
  • Polar Craters
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Craters
  • Midland Sea
  • Northeast Basin
  • Southern Basin
  • Northern Shelf
  • Midland Canyon
  • Eastern Canyon
  • Western Canyon

Ike

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

Ike biome map as of 1.2
  • Polar Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Eastern Mountain Ridge
  • Western Mountain Ridge
  • Central Mountain Range
  • South Eastern Mountain Range
  • South Pole

Dres

The planet Dres has 8 biomes.

Dres biome map as of 1.2
  • 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

The first moon of Jool, called Laythe, has 10 biomes. Laythe consists primarily of a huge ocean, called The Sagen Sea, with another ocean called the Degrasse Sea and some small Peaks, Dunes and Shores biomes. It also has a Poles biome.

Laythe biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Shores
  • Dunes
  • Crescent Bay
  • The Sagen Sea
  • Crater Island
  • Shallows
  • Crater Bay
  • Degrasse Sea
  • Peaks

Vall

The second moon of Jool, called Vall, has 9 biomes. It has mostly large Lowlands broken up by Midlands and Highlands with some high Mountains in between. There are four distinct Basins and Poles available as well.

Vall biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Mountains
  • Northeast Basin
  • Northwest Basin
  • Southern Basin
  • Southern Valleys

Tylo

The third moon of Jool, called Tylo, has 9 biomes. It mostly consists of generic Low-, Mid- and Highlands with some Mara and Minor Craters scattered in between. There are four distinct Craters. Previously three of these Craters were simply named Major Crater, the reason for this oddity not being known.

Tylo biome map as of 1.2
  • Highlands
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Mara
  • Minor Craters
  • Gagarin Crater
  • Grissom Crater
  • Galileio Crater
  • Tycho Crater

Bop

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

Bop biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Slopes
  • Peaks
  • Valley
  • Ridges
Bop biome map as of 1.2.1









Pol

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

Pol biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
Pol biome map as of 1.2.1









Eeloo

The planet Eeloo has a total of 11 biomes.

Eeloo biome map as of 1.2
  • Poles
  • Northern Glaciers
  • Midlands
  • Lowlands
  • Ice Canyons
  • Highlands
  • Craters
  • Fragipan
  • Babbage Patch
  • Southern Glaciers
  • Mu Glacier

References

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

See Also