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Forests: Glossary

A

altitude
height above sea level

B

boreal
evergreen forests of subarctic regions - also taiga

C

canopy
the top layer of tree growth often forms a sort of cover over the forest
conifers
trees that grow cones

D

deciduous
trees that drop their leaves in the fall
dominant
main

E

environment
the surroundings where a plant or animal lives
evergreens
plants that stay green all year - they do not change color and lose their leaves in the fall
expansive
vast, far reaching

F

fauna
animals
forest floor
the bottom layer of the forest, soil and dead plants and animals

G

generated
created

I

inhabitants
living things of an area

M

maturity
fully grown

P

precipitation
water that falls to the ground as rain, snow, etc.

R

recreation
things done for fun and enjoyment
recycled
to cycle through something again and again - used again and again
regions
areas

S

snowpack
the winter collection of snow - often collected over time
sustain
help them survive

T

taiga
evergreen forests of subarctic regions - also boreal
temperate
mild, not extreme
tropical
related to the tropics - hot and humid area

U

understory
the second layer of a forest just below the canopy
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