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Humus: decaying matter made from dead plants and animals. Humus supplies soil with nutrients and helps soil retain water. lichen: patchy plants that grow on rocks, trees, and other surfaces. migrate: to move from one environment to another when seasons change. Northern Hemisphere: the half of the earth north of the equator. nutrients: substances that living things need to live and grow. overhunting: hunting an animal in such great numbers that its population falls to low levels. It can cause extinction.

Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology. DK Publishing, 2008. C. org Index conservation, 23, 25–26 deciduous trees, 4, 7, 8 ecosystems, 2, 15 environmental issues, 15–18, 19–20, 22, 23, 25–26 erosion, 15 extinction, 19, 22 fires, 17, 23, 25–26 food and nutrients, 7, 9, 11 insects, 6, 9, 11 location of, 3–4 logging, 15-16, 23 needles, 7, 9, 17 overhunting, 19–20, 23 photosynthesis, 7, 9 plants/trees, 4, 5, 6, 7–10, 11, 15, 23 rainfall, 6, 9, 16 seasons, 3, 5–6, 9, 11, 13–14 soil, 6, 15 swamps, 6, 18 trees/plants, 4, 5, 6, 7–10, 11, 15, 23 Children’s Education Resource ENDANGERED Titles in the Series BIOMES ConiferouS Coniferous FORESTS FORESTS How have plants and animals adapted to the climate of the coniferous forest?

27 coniferous forest: a northern forest of trees. deciduous: describes trees and bushes that shed their leaves each year. decompose: to break down or rot. ecosystem: a community of living and nonliving things and their environment. Living things are plants, animals, and insects. Nonliving things are soil, rocks, and water. environment: everything in nature, living and nonliving. erosion: when land is worn away by wind or water. evergreen: a tree that keeps its leaves or needles throughout the year.

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