Temperate rain forest

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temperate rain forest

A type of forest that exists in cool but generally frost-free regions of heavy annual precipitation.

It consists mainly of mixed deciduous trees, usually with one dominant species. With the onset of winter the forest becomes dormant and remains so until spring, when it resumes active growth. Temperate rain forests are found principally near the west coasts of southern South America and northern North America, in New Zealand, and in northern Japan.
Compare tropical rain forest.

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