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About Taiga

 
* The Taiga, or, Boreal Forest Belt, is large belt of forest across the Northern Hemisphere characterized by cold, harsh climate, a low rate or precipitation, and short growing season. Precipitation in this region averages between 12 and 33 inches per year. Most precipitation occurs in the summer month.
* The Taiga region is the world’s largest forested region. It covers 17% of the Earth’s surface and occupies 29% percent of the Earth’s forest cover.
* Southern portions of the Taiga belt are dominated by evergreen trees (sometimes called boreal forest.) Such trees grow close together for protection from the bitter cold and wind.
* Forests in the Taiga Belt are prone to wildfires. Wildfires, however, allow sunlight to reach the forest floor resulting in the growth of new plants.
* Biodiversity in the Taiga Belt is relatively low because of the harsh climate. Common animals include moose, black bears, great grey owls, spruce grouse, wolverines, and others.
 

Where is the Taiga Belt?

 
Boreal Forest Belt
 

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