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Temperate rainforest Olympic Peninsula, Washington
USA
Temperate rainforests occur very few places on the planet, and a narrow strip of the Pacific coast of North America is the best area to see this remarkable ecosystem type. The Hoh River Valley is reported to receive about 3.5-4m (12-14ft) of rainfall per year, which creates a forest dripping with epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants), as seen here. In addition, some of these North American temperate rainforests are thought to contain more biomass per unit area than any other terrestrial ecosystem, although the diversity of species found here is just a small fraction of a tropical rainforest. Just to the right of the large double-trunked Sitka spruce you can see a slowly decaying "nurse log" that supports several young trees that began life as seedlings on the log.
Copyright: Dan Perlman
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6000x3000
Taken: 03/06/2010
Uploaded: 22/06/2010
Updated: 04/03/2015
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Tags: temperate rainforest; pacific coast; hoh river valley; nurse log; sitka spruce
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