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Temper Ate Deciduous Forest

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Temperate deciduous forests are among the major biomes on earth. They are also among the biomes that have been most heavily impacted by global change factors. Although there is the perception that the greatest concern should be held for tropical rain forests, temperate deciduous forests have a smaller fraction of original vegetation remaining than boreal or tropical forests, and also have been more severely impacted by land use change and air pollution. Temper- ate deciduous forests are most common in Europe, eastern North America, Japan and China, and in all these regions humans have used them heavily as a resource. Logging, grazing, conversion to agriculture, fire suppression and manipulation of wildlife populations, have caused massive alterations
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