Temperate rainforests are coniferous or broadleaf forests. They are in the temperate zone, and get heavy rain.
Temperate rainforest often occur in areas which have an oceanic moist climate. In many ways, they are similar to tropical rainforests, but they are in areas that are not as hot.
The conditions are very moist, and more open to light than a tropical rain forest. The lower levels of the forest have an understory. This means that, under the trees, fungi, moss, ferns, shrubs with berries grow.
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- Hyrcanian forests - on the south side of the Caspian Sea. Shared between Iran and Azerbaijan.
- Some forests in the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, and the west coast of Tasmania
- In a region called Kolchis, shared between Tukey and Georgia
- Some forests in New Zealand
- On the Pacific coast of North America, in Alaska, British Columbia, and northern California
- Valdivian temperate rain forest, in Chile and Argentina
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Alaback P.B. 1991. Comparative ecology of temperate rainforests of the Americas along analogous climatic gradients. Rev. Chil. Hist. Nat. 64: 399–412.
- ↑ Floyd, A. 1990. Australian Rainforests in New South Wales, Vol. 1. Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd, Chipping Norton, NSW. ISBN 0949324302