What classifies a temperate rainforest?



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    The obvious element of climate in the temperate rain forest is precipitation. At least 200 cm of it, perhaps up to 350 centimeters in warmer areas. The precipitation can fall in the form of rain or snow, with snow becoming more likely at higher elevations. The average annual temperature is above 0° C, largely influenced by the nearby ocean. The warmest of the temperate rainforests may have average annual temperatures around 20° C. The main stretch of this habitat is along the northwestern coast of North America from northern California though southern Alaska. There are also small areas in southern Chile, New Zealand, Australia and a few other places around the world. Also, some of the plants can be a give away: big coniferous trees dominate this habitat, including Douglas fir and Western red cedar, Mountain hemlock, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Lodgepole pine. In addition, a number of deciduous trees are found here, particularly in warmer spots; one of these is Big-Leaf Maple.

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