Luceberth, Dorothy, Bianca, Karyn.

The Boreal Forest.

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Plants

The Balsam Fir is a small native evergreen tree. It can grow from 40 to 80
feet tall and it grows pointy tips at the end. The maximum growth of the
tree is 200 years. The pointy, needle-like tip of the tree can grow a little less
than 12 inches forming a strong curve. The Balsam Fir normally grows in old
forests that are undisturbed. Its usually used for Christmas Trees or cabin logs.
Some other tress that grow in the Boreal Forest that have adapted to the temperature
are the Spruce, and Hemlock.(Taiga Plants Samantha S. 2000.)

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What is the Boreal forest?


The Boreal Forest is the largest terrestrial biome.The Boreal forest is made of
coniferous trees. Many plants and animals live here. The temperature ranges
throughout the seasons. The precipitation vary's.
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Climate And Temperature.


During the winter it is one of the coldest biomes besides
the tundra. The winters last 5-6 months. The temperature
can be below freezing. The temperature can range from
-65 degrees to 30 degrees.The summers are the opposite.
The summers can be very humid, hot and rainy. The summer
temperatures can be as low at 20 degrees. The snow is able to
get so high, that it will go over the top of your head! The spring and
fall are extremely short you don't even notice that it is spring or fall.



Animal Species.

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In the Boreal Forest there are many animals, some
of those animals include The All American Black Bear,
The Bald Eagle, The Bobcat, The Canadian Lynx, The
The Gray Wolf, The Grizzly, The Long-Eared Owl, The Red
Fox, The River Otter, The Snowshoe Rabbit, and The Wolverine.
Of those animals the snowshoe rabbit is much bigger than other
rabbits, it also weighs about 3-4 pounds while it is an adult and can
grow to be 15-20 inches. They have very large feet, and their toes
spread out to look just like snowshoes. They also have fur on the
bottom of their feet. This protects them in very cold weather. In the summer
the rabbit looks really rusty and it is brown, but in the winter it is very
white. The snowshoe rabbit can run up to 27 mph, and it can jump
10 feet in one hop.

The Grizzly Bear

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The Grizzly bear is one of the animals in the boreal forest.
This bear is at the top of the food chain Grizzly bears can
wiegh from 400-1,500 lbs. They can be as tall as 8 ft. They stand
taller then normal height of a human being. The male grizzly bears
are 38% larger than the female bears. The bears diets consist of
planst and animals. They eat fish, they may attack large animals,
such as moose, dear, sheep, humans, elk, bison, caribou and even
black bears.


The Boreal Forest Food Pyramid
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Food Web.

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Precipitation.

Precipitation in the Boreal forest can vary. The forms of precipitation are
snow rain and dew. Rain mostly falls during the summer.

This graph is for the northern Boreal forests. The climate in the Northern
Boreal forests seems to have long winters, short summers, and low precipitation.
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This graph is of Fort Yukon which is a cold and dry forest. The precipitation of
the Fort Yukon is the same as the precipitation of the deserts in the U.S and
the deserts of northern Mexico.
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THE SUNLIGHT

In the summer time in the Boreal, it can get very warm, and sunset
and because of that there can be sunlight for up to 24 hours,
because of the fact that the Northeastern Hemphisphere tilts. sunset at Grumeti x 600.jpgsunset at Grumeti x 600.jpg
During the winter time, the Boreal isn't near the sun and as a
result there barely is any sunlight in the winter, in fact it is usually
always dark.



Energy Flow and Sunlight.
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The Sun does not rise far above the horizon due to high lattitudes.








Cites.





"Taiga Biomes." Blue Planet Biomes. 5 Mar. 2008
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/taiga.htm.

"The forest biome." UCMP - University of California Museum of Paleontology. 5 Mar. 2008 http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/forests.php