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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Deciduous Forests ANIMALS Animals adapt to the climate by hibernating during the winter and camouflaging into surroundings. They include deer, bears, squirrels and insects. SOIL The soil is usuallyvery fertile, because when the tree leaves fall off and decayon the ground, they areputting nutrients intothe soil, and those are then absorbed. VEGETATION The plants adapt to the climate by absorbing nutrients. Most trees are deciduous and broadleaved, such as oaks, maples, birches and beeches. There are also mosses, ferns and bushes. Where Deciduous Forests Are Found(teal coloured areas= deciduous forest) CLIMATE Deciduous forests have an average temperature of 10 degrees celsius, and an average yearly rainfall of75-150cm depending on which continent a particluar forest ison and its latitude. Deciduous forests also have 4 distinct seasons. IMPORTANCE Deciduous forests are most important as habitats for the local wildlife, food and shelter. This is very significant for the endangered species that live in the forests.However, deciduous forests are important for humans too. They provide us with valuable timber and oxygen. But not all trees should be cut down. LAND DEGRADATION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES -DEFORESTATION Deciduous forests are most often logged for timber, to be used in houses, furniture, and paper. However, more and more forests are being cut down to be used as agricultural land. But by cutting down the majority of the vegetation, we are reducing the amount of nutrients in the soil, and therefore, more crops andtrees will not be able to grow. -OTHER HUMAN IMPACTS Another big human impact that goes toward land degradation is the production of acid rain. When fossilfuel gases such as coal, mix with forming rain over time, then acid rain is made. When this acid rainfalls, it kills most of the vegetation that it hits. If acid rain keeps falling, we will lose some of our precious oxygen supply from the trees that die, lose soil fertility, and lose natural habitats. by Kaitlyn Marshall N
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