Taiga

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General characteristics

The taiga biome is a very forested place close to the tundra it's winters are harsh and long and summers are cool and short. There is very a very little amount of other plants that can live in the taiga except for a very little amount of mosses one lichens And the tree are mostly conifers . The highest tempeture in the summer is only about 21 degrees Celcius and even that is a bit uncommon. Mostly only seed eating birds and breeding birds come here but only the omnivorous birds stay for long periods of time.

Location, location?

The taiga is located very close to the northern parts of the world. Up in northern parts of Canada and Russia is the main hotspots for the taiga. Many people choose not to live in the taiga and for good reason it is very cold all year so it's not Tampered with often

Weather

The taigas climate is in koppens D.F.C category. The D is snow. The F means that it receives enough precipation in each month. The C means that less than 4 of the months in the year there have a tempeture less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It is mostly dominated by cold article air

Landforms?

The taiga is found in mountainous areas next to bogs and lakes left behind by glaciers long ago that have receded and left behind cuts in the land. The taiga is found at high elevations which makes it subject to have mountains very close to it.

Flora

The plant life in the taiga biome is different from other forets. Mostly only conifers or cone bearing trees live here such as pine or spruce trees. The soil is thin and acidic and also very rocky and holds little to no nutrients. Due to this the plants have adapted different then other plants. He trees needles are dark and waxy to help collect sunlight easier.

Fauna

The harsh climate of the taiga makes it so that most of the animals there adapted to growing very thick long hair. The main population is seed-eating squirrels and jays,and other browsing animal such as bear deer elk and those such things tend to live here. Some typical predators would be wolverines, grizzly bears and lynxes. The ponds and bogs provide great breeding grounds for multiples insects. This brings along many migratory birds to feed on these insects.

Human effect?

There are different industries that the taiga is vulnerable to such as logging, hydroelectric power, and mining. The logging is done by clear cutting which involves heavy machinery, this has a negative impact on the biome and will continue to in the future. The hydroelectric development has damaged and changed stream habitats . Mining is a big concern because it may cause pollution of the soil and water in surrounding areas.