Essay by sachdevcrew January 2003

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The taiga is largest biome. It covers 11% of the Northern Hemisphere area and it covers 27 percent of world's total forest. It is stretches across much of Canada, Northern Europe, and Asia. The Siberian Taiga is biggest forest in the world. Stretches 5700 km from west to east and 1000 km from north to south. In North America, it stretches 6200km from west to east and about 500 km from north to south. It is located just south of the Tundra. In North America taiga meets tundra at western Alaska and in Europe it begins in Norway. Many coniferous trees grow in the Taiga. Many species of birds migrates to Taiga in summer time, because Taiga is very cold biome, but when summer come, ice melts and many insects breed inside the melting water. Birds like eat insects, therefore birds come to taiga to nest.

Taiga has long, serve winter and short summers.

In Taiga average temperature is below -0 C for half a year. Winters are cold and there is many snowfalls. Very heavy snow buildup during winter time. When the temperature is high in winter time, it is about -1 C, and when the temperature is low in winter time it is about -54 C. Summers are quite rainy, warm, and humid. When the temperature is high it is about 21 C, and when it is low the temperature is about -7 C. Total precipitation in Taiga is about 30 to 85 centimeters and it is almost same amounts of precipitation with Grassland, and also third biome that most rains (First is rainforest and second is temperate forest.). Most of the precipitation occurs in summer time.

Taiga has fewer animal species that Tropical and Temperate forests. Life in taiga is very cold and very hard to secure...