What are some characteristics of evergreen coniferous forests, and where are they found?
Evergreen coniferous forests, or temperate coniferous forests, are rare but can be found in many parts of the world. In the United States, they are found in Northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon (such as the Klamath-Siskiyou forests), notable for their Giant Sequoias and Redwoods. They can be found in areas of South America, such as the Valdivian rain forests in Chile and Argentina. They can are found in the rain forests of New Zealand and Tasmania and in Southern Japan. There are scattered examples in Europe, particularly in the northwest, but also in Norway and Iceland. In Asia, they are located in areas of Turkey, Georgia and Iran. These rain forests produce large trees and an abundance of mosses and other herbaceous and shrub species. Needleleaf and broadleaf evergreens are common, as well as cedar, fir and pine trees.