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Taiga

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Taiga forests occupy a larger area than all the tropical rain forests. These dark, mostly coniferous, forests grow in a band of extreme weather circling the northern hemisphere from Alaska to Japan.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on...

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Overview

Taiga forests occupy a larger area than all the tropical rain forests. These dark, mostly coniferous, forests grow in a band of extreme weather circling the northern hemisphere from Alaska to Japan.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every biome unique.

Inside this book

Superb photography, bringing each biome dramatically to life

Clear maps of each major region of every featured habitat identify the main areas of environmental stress

Fact panels give at-a-glance information on each region

Meets curriculum standards for the study of biomes and their importance for plants, animals, and people

Glossary, sources of further information, and index

A comprehensive look at the taiga biome, examining its climate, plants, animals, people, and future, plus detailed views of some particular taiga regions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The term taiga may be the least used of all the labels incorporated into the ten biomes that scientists recognize. Taiga are northern forests that combine many features of the temperate forests with much harsher climates. Taiga are vast woodlands that stretch across places such as Siberia. Primarily evergreen in nature, the trees of the Taiga are hearty enough to survive the bitter temperatures and limited sunlight that tests them. Within the boundaries of the world's taiga are numerous life forms that make them among the more diverse portions of the planet. In this book readers encounter the flora, fauna, nature, and seasonal aspects of this biome. As is the case with other books in the "Biomes of the Earth" series of which this title is a part, readers will not be disappointed with the knowledge they can gain. This is a readable book, one that teaches valuable sociological and environmental lessons.
Children's Literature
The taiga is a unique biome. It has soil rich enough to grow some of the largest trees in the world, including the great sequoias on the western coast on North America, yet the climate is so severe that few animals and fewer people live there year round. Those that do must adapt to the bitter cold winters and short summers. Many animals, such as moose, use their large size to conserve energy. Others, like voles, learn to live under the snow, burrowing tunnels to find buried nuts and soft fruits. Even the huge trees that grow during the summer thaw rely on evergreen leaves to help survive the winters. While the taiga covers one-tenth of the Earth and holds many natural resources, it is sometimes ignored in science textbooks. This book tries to make up for that. One in the "Biomes Atlases" series, it covers five different aspects of the ecosystem: the climate, the plants, the animals, the people and the future. While the actual text itself is packed with so much information that it becomes somewhat hard to read at times; the book also is filled with boxed stories, maps and charts that make it more interesting. In addition, the sections are broken up with profiles of the different geographic regions that are classified as taiga. The book also has a large index and glossary. While it isn't light reading, the book is a satisfactory reference book. 2003, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816053292
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Biomes of the Earth Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

The Taiga Biome 6

Northwestern American Taiga 8

Taiga Climate 10

Northeastern American Taiga 18

Taiga Plants 20

European Taiga 30

Taiga Animals 32

Siberian Taiga 44

People and the Taiga 46

East Asian Taiga 54

The Future 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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