What is a biome?
A biome is a large naturally occurring community that has distinct climates, soil, plants, and animals (biodiversity) in a habitat. A biodiversity is variety of plants and animal life in a region.
What are the general characteristics of aTemperate Rainforest?
- Receives more than 127 cm of annual precipitation
- Mild summers and winters (between 10 - 24ºC)
- Mostly conifers (cedar, spruce, and fir trees)
- Presence of the Sitka spruce
- Presence of nurse logs (fallen trees that became an area of seedlings)
- Lichens and mosses that share a symbiotic relationship with the trees (and nurse logs)
- Some broadleaf trees (horse chestnut trees) and ferns
- Access to rivers or streams in the forest
- Large biomass (biological material from living or recently living organisms)
- Heavy summer fogs
- Temperate Rainforests are endangered due to heavy logging