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The strip nearest to the temperate zones, in Eurasia and in North America,  is the taiga, also known as coniferous forest, of fir and larch trees. This area is characterized by a rather rigid climate in winter, when the temperatures can drop to even  -30°C  and cool summers, when a maximum temperature of  20°C  may be reached. The evergreen conifers thrive in the forests of the cold temperate regions, the trees have a conical shape and the leaves are needle shaped and have an outer wax coating. Evergreen conifers do not let much light  reach the underbrush where only evergreen stumped shrubs, moss and lichens grow. Many animals have a thick fur coat while others hibernate in order to escape the intense winter; to survive, squirrels collect abundant supplies of nuts and berries in autumn.

subjects dealt with in Taiga

Taiga biome

Between the broad-leaved forest and the tundra is the taiga or conifer forest, stretching from northern Europe to Siberia and…

Man and taiga

Man settled where the climate was milder and caused great agricultural changes (especially in central-northern Europe), sometimes dramatically decreasing conifer…

Saving the forest

Human intervention alters the natural replenishing cycles of the forest and its structure and composition in terms of species. Although…

Actions to undertake for the forest

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