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Forests by definition are a biome with enough average annual precipitation at least 76 centimeters to support growth of various species of trees and smaller forms of vegetation The worlds forests can be classified according to their site vegetation general location and other characteristics They are broadly classified into northern or boreal central southern tropical interior coast montane and sub alpine types The Coniferous Forest These trees-these forests of trees-so enchain the sense of the grand and so enchant the sense of the beautiful that I linger on the theme and am loth to depart Forests in which you cannot ride a horse-in which you cannot possibly recover game you have shot without the help of a good retriever-forests into which you cannot see and which are almost dark under a bright midday sun-such forests containing firs cedar pine spruce and hemlock envelop Puget Sound and cover a large part of Washington Territory surpassing the woods of all the rest of the globe in the size quantity and quality of the timber Samuel Wilkeson Notes on Puget Sound 1869Burton 52 Conifererous forests cone bearing consist of cedars pines firs spruces larches and hemlocks They are found in high sub polar latitudes below the snow on mountain ranges or on drought prone hillsides in lower latitudes Over half of the worlds coniferous forests are found in Asia they also occur in Europe and North America To survive grow and continue to live a long dominant life the coniferous has adaptations that resist drought low temperatures and damage from the snow and wind They also have a friend that helps them provide vital nutrients to the soil and host plants something that they otherwise could not do These adaptations include their slender tapering habits that protect them from the snow and wind their long living narrow leaves needles coated with wax and imbedded with resins which prevents excessive transpiration They also have an important
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