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Temperate Forest Stats
Temperate forests are made up of a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees, with most plant species being deciduous.
They have four separate seasons, with one of them being a cold or cool-dry winter.
The growing season is 140-200 days long. Temperate forests have an annual precipitation (rain and maybe snow) of 75-150cm, and it is spread throughout the year.
Types of Temperate Forests
Different types of temperate forests are named based on the amount of water they recieve and in what form they recieve it:
moist coniferous forests
evergreen broad-leaved forests
dry coniferous forests
temperate coniferous forests
temperate broad-leaved rainforests
Temperate forests are found around the world in a broad area between the tropics and the Polar Regions.
The largest areas of temperate deciduous forest are found in western and central Europe, parts of Russia, northeastern Asia, Chile, and along the western coast of Canada and the U.S.A.
In the southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand have broad-leaved evergreen forests.
The annual temperature in temperate forests can vary between -30°C and 30°C, depending on where they are located.
Animals commonly found in temperate forests include various species of squirrels, rabbits, skunks, birds, deer, wolves, foxes, weasels, bears, and cat species such as mountain lions and bobcats.
Most of the animals found in temperate forests specialize in eating nuts and acorns or feed on plants and other animals.
Common trees are species of oak, maple, beech, chestnut, hickory, elm, walnut and sweet gum. Ferns and small shrubs are also common.
These important forest ecosystems are most commonly threatened by logging for farming, housing, and timber, as well as by air and water pollution.