No two forests are exactly alike and in fact, there are several types of forests all over the globe. Differences in climate, function, and wildlife habitat, are just some of the ways these biodiverse wonders bring their own unique contribution to the world’s ecosystem. These photos illustrate the beauty of our planet’s forests.
Mediterranean forests have a short growing season and a mix of hard and soft wood trees. They can be found along the coasts of California, Chile, Western Australia and (you guessed it) the Mediterranean.
Temperate forests—located in eastern North America, northeastern Asia, and western and eastern Europe–typically feature a combination of coniferous and deciduous evergreens.
Most of the precipitation in cloud forests (also known as montane forests) comes from a mist that rises up from the lowlands. These forests can be found in tropical, subtropical and temperate zones.
Plantation forests—covering more than 345 million acres of land around the globe—produce around 40 percent of all industrial wood.
Found near the equator, tropical forests are characterized by year-round high temperatures, plentiful rainfall and thick, lush growth.
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