CONIFEROUS FORESTS

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There are different kinds of forests: temperate rainforests, tropical rainforests, coniferous forests, deciduous forests. Forests have medium to heavy rainfall, so there are a lot of different plants and animals that live in forests.

Coniferous Forests – This is the coldest and the driest of all the forests. Is has mild summers and long very cold winters. It only gets 12- 33 inches of rain and snow during the year. Coniferous forests consist mostly of conifers, trees that grow needles instead of leaves, and cones instead of flowers. Conifers tend to be evergreen, that is, they bear needles all year long. These adaptations help conifers survive in areas that are very cold or dry. Some of the more common conifers are spruces, pines and firs.

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Temperature

40C to 20 C, average summer temperature is 10C


Precipitation

300 to 900 millimeters of rain per year


vegetation

Coniferous-evergreen trees (trees that produce cones and needles; some needles remain on the trees all year long.


Location:

Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States

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coniferous forest

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Coniferous forests cover huge areas but have fewer kinds of plants and animals than any other forests.
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