Taiga

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Taiga

The taiga biome is the largest terrestrial biome and extends across Europe, North America, and Asia. It is located right below the tundra biome. The taiga biome is also known as coniferous forest or boreal forest. This biome typically has short, wet summers and long, cold winters. Precipitation is moderate in the taiga. It gets plenty of snow during the winter and plenty of rainfall during the summer.

Red fox

Fast running is a helpful survival method often employed by red foxes. If red foxes are faced with threats from predators such as bobcats, gray wolves and coyotes, for example, they can often easily flee the situations by running away. Not only are they extremely rapid runners, they have lots of stamina, as well. Their tiny stomachs and lengthy limbs enable them to plow through at close to 30 miles per hour. As slight and trim creatures, running is a major advantage for them.

Environmental concerns

The Taiga is being destroyed everyday by both humans and nature. Nature causes forest fires with lighting, diseased by parasites or herbicides, and spruce trees that grow on top thick moss are frequently blown over by strong winds. Large-scale clear cutting, plantation forestry, introduction of exotic tree species, soil sacrification, ditching, and use of pesticides or herbicides have led to habitat loss. Large-scale industrial forestry, or logging, is the greatest important threat effecting the boreal forest. The wood is used in the "pulp factory" for pulp and paper. Other threats to the Taiga are oil and gas exploration, road building, mining, human triggered forest fire, and climate change. Animals of the Taiga are being hunted and trapped for their fur which decreases their population greatly. Hydroelectric power has ruined the water system. Many fish have mercury poisoning. The Taiga is being destroyed equal to that of the rainforest.