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THE DECIDUOUS FOREST
- WHAT IS THE DECIDUOUS FOREST VIVIDLY?
Deciduous means “falling off or tending to fall off” which well describes the Deciduous Forest due to the dropping of all the leaves that are no longer needed to survive.
Deciduous Forests can be found in the eastern part of North America and the middle of Europe. Although, there are also many Deciduous Forests in Asia.
Deciduous Forests have four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. During Autumn, the leaves start changing colors. In winter, they lose all of their leaves.
Deciduous also means growing in some ways, like a deer's antlers, or a baby’s teeth.
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- THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE DECIDUOUS FOREST!
As you can see the deciduous forest stretches out from the East United States of America, and south east Canada. It covers most of Europe and the east point of Asia. Also you could find some deciduous forest in the very tip of South America. And you could some of the forest in the east side of Australia and it covers completely all of New Zealand.
There are many types of plants in the deciduous forest. A lot of them trees. Among these are the Pecan tree on the top left. The white birch on the top right. On the bottom right there is the white oak tree. And last but not least to your bottom left the common lime tree. These are all fabulous trees.
White Oak tree: When the oak is a seedling it produces a taproot. This taproot digs in the ground and gets the water that is needed for the tree to live.
Carpet moss: Carpet moss really is what it sounds like, it is a small plant that “carpets” the Deciduous Forest and parts of the Taiga. There adaptation is stranger than other plants adaptations. What they do is that they all move next to each other and stay together so that it is easy to reproduce and they don’t get eaten, because they are a large food source for certain animals.
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American Beech Tree: The American Beech Tree is very important to our world, it produces benches, cabinets, tables etc. It also has nuts which are very delicious and expensive. Their adaptation to their environment is not very different to the White Oak’s adaptation. American Beech trees send their roots around the top of the ground and the bottom so that it can consume every part of moisture in the floor and use it when needed, ex-sunny day.
- Animals of the deciduous forest:
The American Bald Eagle:
The American bald eagle is highly known for its great position as the representing animal of the United States of America, although that it not the only common and known thing about the Bald Eagle. Bald Eagles are well adapted to their environment and can live up to 50 years old. Some of their adaptations are their long 5.5 to 8 feet wing span, or the fact that they have better eyesight than humans from four to eight times stronger. There are many others but there is not enough time to discuss them all.
The Duckbill Platypus:
The Duckbill Platypus is not as famous and known as the bald eagle, but it is still an important creature in the Deciduous Forests, they can live up to fifteen years old. But they also have specific adaptations that help them survive in the wild. Like their thick fur and tails which they use to store fat, not much unlike the camel.
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- The Least Weasel
The least Weasel is another one of the many animals of the Deciduous Forest. The Least Weasel has a great survival and method that they have evolved over the years to suit their environment. That adaptation is that the males can consist of a 40 acre land (161874.256 square meters) just so that they will be protected, they might even fight for that land. The male that loses, loses the land. That also means that very limited Weasels own land. Instead, for females they declare peace and live together. Another one of their many adaptations is that after a male mates with a female he leaves immediately to not attract a fight that could cause the babies death.
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- Here are some other animals that live in the Deciduous Forest:
American Black Bear
European Red Squirrel
- Weather in the Deciduous Forests
The average weather in the deciduous forests is 75F or 24 degrees Celsius. Although the weather can go up to 86F or 30 degrees Celsius. The temperature depends on the location and latitude of the forest.
- Aboitic and Biotic Factors
-Large oak, Maple, Beech, Chestnut, Hickory, Elm, Basswood, Linden, Walnut, or Sweet gum trees-Small Plants and Shrubs, grass etc-Herbs and other young plants-Club mosses, and true mosses-Animals
- Lichens-Rocks-Water-Mud/Dirt-Soil-Rainfall-Average Temperature
The rainfall, temperature, soil, water, and all the other factors affect the environment big time, because all of those factors combined make a balance that is called the Deciduous Forests. Those factors are what make the Deciduous Forest different and unique.
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- The Human Activities in the Deciduous Forest
Human Activities in the Deciduous Forest are very common and general:
1- Humans rip down trees and plants, for paper, chairs, tables, etc. Also, humans take foods, ex-nuts, berries, animals, fish, etc. Those activities affect the Deciduous Forest a lot because it takes a lot from the plants and animals total population. Also, it ruins animals homes and gives them no shelter. We think that it is a bad activity and we should either avoid doing it as much or try to stop fully because it is slowly causing extinction around the world.
2- Humans cause pollution by all of the heavy machinery gas, oil and other wastes. That pollution also causes problems in the Deciduous Forests, for example that pollution can kill an animal that is sensitive to such wastes. We also think that we should try to stop abusing oil and gas in this specific position too. Due to the fact that it could also, at these rates, cause radiation soon which would be fatal to it.
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