Why is Canada’s coastal rainforest different from other temperate rainforests?
Correct Answer: A. Canada’s coastal rainforest different from other temperate rainforests because it has more coniferous trees than deciduous trees.
Although they represent less than five per cent of all temperate forests (which include mixed forest, amongst others), temperate rainforests can be found around the world: in South America, Europe, Asia and in Australia and New Zealand. Three areas of temperate rainforest exist in North America: a small patch along the Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, the in land rainforest found in south eastern British Columbia and adjacent United States, and a much larger area that forms a narrow band along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, from Alaska to northern California.
The conditions needed to maintain this last rainforest are mostly created by the presence of the Pacific Ocean, making this a coastal temperate rainforest. Approximately 74 000 km2 of this coastal forest lies in Canada, which is 1.8 per cent of Canada’s total forest area. This means that almost half of North America’s coastal rainforest, and close to 25 per cent of the world’s temperate rainforests, can be found in British Columbia!
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