Temperate forests grow between the tropics and the polar regions in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They have four distinct seasons with a well-defined winter. Temperate forests have a moderate climate. They are home to many plant and animal species. Much of the food humans eat is grown in areas where temperate forests have been cleared and farms now exist. If you don’t live in the tropics, chances are a temperate forest once was growing where you are right now. Temperate forests are also where many of our favorite foods first came from. Walnuts, apples, mushrooms, and maple sugar are all foods of the temperate forest.
Temperate forests are almost always made of two types of trees, deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees are trees that lose their leaves in the winter. Evergreens are trees that keep their leaves all year long, like pine trees. Forests can either have deciduous trees, evergreens, or a combination of both.
Coniferous forest ecosystems are found in regions of the Earth that experience somewhat long and cold winters, with summer being much shorter. Thus it is no surprise that these biomes are more common, the closer one travels towards the Earth’s poles. Additionally, this biome is found high a top mountains, where temperatures tend to be lower, and winter tends to last longer.
Deciduous forests exist in areas with a moderate amount of precipitation, where temperatures are also generally moderate. These ecosystems typically have long warm summers, and short cool winters. The most noticeable feature are the abundance of deciduous trees. A deciduous tree is a tree that looses all its leaves in autumn.
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Temperate Deciduous Forest is a forest in which the leaves fall off the trees when the winter comes. This biome is found in three separate regions in the northern hemisphere.
Temperate Forests occur in eastern North America, northeastern Asia, and western and central Europe. Well-defined seasons with a distinct winter characterize this forest biome.
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