TITLE

FORESTS

PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
World Almanac for Kids;2004, p66
SOURCE TYPE
Almanac
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article looks at forests. Forests cover about one-third of Earth's land surface. Pines, hemlocks, firs, and spruces grow in the cool evergreen forests farthest from the equator. These trees are called conifers. Temperate forests are home to maple, oak, beech, and poplar trees, and to wildflowers and shrubs. Still closer to the equator are the tropical rain forests, home to the greatest variety of plants on Earth. They once covered more than 8 million square miles. Today, because of destruction by humans, fewer than 3.4 million square miles remain. When rain forests are burned, carbon dioxide is released in the air. This adds to the greenhouse effect.
ACCESSION #
11074790

 

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