temperate rainforest


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temperate rainforest

[′tem·prət ′rān‚fär·əst]
(ecology)
A vegetation class in temperate areas of high and evenly distributed rainfall characterized by comparatively few species with large populations of each species; evergreens are somewhat short with small leaves, and there is an abundance of large tree ferns. Also known as cloud forest; laurel forest; laurisilva; moss forest; subtropical forest.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Temperate rainforests used to occur more widely along the Atlantic coastline of Europe, but now they are only found in small areas.
Scale dependence and scale independence in habitat associations of small mammals in southern temperate rainforest. Oikos 85(2):320-334.
Each rainforest type found in Victoria will experience raised temperatures and reduced rainfall by 2030 and 2070 compared to current levels; while cool temperate rainforest is found in more regions than any other rainforest type, curiously, it has more restricting climate limitations than other rainforest types.
An hourlong lecture on Oregon's temperate rainforest will be held at 7 p.m.
Among the topics are the development of historical ecology concepts and their application to resource management and conservation, creating a historical range of variation time series using landscape modeling, incorporating concepts of historical range of variation in the ecosystem-based management of British Columbia's coastal temperate rainforest, fluvial responses to rapid environmental change in the context of historical variation, and whether the historical range of variation is relevant to rangeland management.
Vancouverites can skip the Amazon in favour of the Pacific Coast's Great Bear Rainforest, one of the world's largest tracts of temperate rainforest. Its staggering valleys, 1000-year-old cedars and winding fjords are home to a huge diversity of species, including killer whales, grey wolves, Sitka black-tailed deer and a variety of bears--notably the esteemed, white-coated spirit bear.
Around three times the size of London's Hyde Park, it's a haven of temperate rainforest and hidden lakes, lapped on three sides by the ocean and encircled by a six-mile sea wall.
This is one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world, covering more than 2 million hectares of land.
It also possesses the biggest reserve of coastal temperate rainforest in the world, which is the rarest and most valuable type of forest.
Differentiation of forest rhizosphere and bulk soil in other climatic zones including the dry tropics, temperate rainforest, and boreal zones remains to be explored.
After the female produces her jelly-like egg clutch, both parents tend the clutch in the leaf litter of the Australian temperate rainforest through a dry summer.