The Taiga

By Maddie Leber

Location

North America, Asia, and Europe. It stretches across Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia; spreading through the Northern Hemisphere.

Climate

The taiga climate is for the most part dominated by cold arctic air. Exceptionally cold winds bring bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle: the temperatures fall even more on clear nights when there is no cloud cover. Because of earth's tilt, the taiga is turned away from the sun in the winter. Less of the sun's radiation reaches the ground to warm it up.

Types of Plants

There are some lichens and mosses, but most plants are coniferous trees like pine, white spruce, hemlock, and douglas fir.

Types of Animals

The lynx, wolverines, bobcat, minks, ermine, snowshoe rabbits, red squirrels, voles, red deer, elk, and moose.
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