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Types Of Forests

Updated on November 8, 2011

Piece of land that is thickly covered with trees is the general of definition of a forest. Forest is also known as woods, weald or woodlands. Forests cover approximately 30% of land and 9.4% of all the planet earth.

They are also responsible for regulating our planet's climate and act as large purifiers of airs, by absorbing carbon dioxide, and giving out oxygen. 

Types of forests are classified differently from one and another depending upon the species developed with the age of forests, soil found in those forests, the density of trees and history of the geological region. So forests are divided into following main types:

  • Tropical forest
  • Sub tropical forest
  • Plantations
  • Boreal Forest
  • Temperate forest
  • Seasonal or monsoon forest

Tropical Forest and Subtropical Forests

Tropical and subtropical forests, also known as rainforests or tropical rainforests, are lavish and ample forests with broad leave tree.

They are mostly found at lowlands near the equator. These forests are evergreen forests and remain the some throughout the year. These forests form a dense and thick upper layer of foliage (canopy). Tropical forests are of vegetations type, and are home to more than half of the species of animals and plants dwelling on the earth. 

Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation

Tropical forests or rainforests are one of the oldest types of vegetation forests that still exist on the earth. These forests have an ability of absorb a large quality of carbon dioxide and are providing a bulk quantity of oxygen to humans for ages. On a rough scale, almost 50% forests of the world are tropical and subtropical in nature.

Mangrove Forests are also comes under tropical forests and subtropical forests. These forests are poor-species forest, unlike tropical and subtropical forests but subjugated by evergreen trees. Trees here are mostly angiosperm tree that could bear flooded soils and excessive land salts. 

Plantations

Plantation can also be classified as type of forest. Plantation is actually a large farm, piece of land or estate that is use for cultivation. Plantation is usually adopted in tropical and subtropical regions.

In these farms and lands cultivation of different crops is done on a large scale for international or distant markets rather than for local or domestic consumption. These crops include rubber seeds, oil seeds, sugar cane, cotton, tobacco, coffee and sisal. Plantation done for industrial purpose is called forestry. It is it done to get larger amount of wood in a shorter span of time. 

Boreal Forest
Boreal Forest

Boreal Forest

Boreal forests are also known by name Taiga. The word ‘Boreal’ means northern, these forests are occupying about 17% of the land.

This type of forest can be easily found on latitude 50 to 60. Temperature in these forests is usually low, as the canopy allows very low sunlight to penetrate.

Low penetration of light along with low temperature is responsible for limited under story. Soil of these forests is poor- nutrient and thin. Trees like pine, spruce and fir are most likely to be found in these forests which are cold-tolerant and evergreen in nature.

A number of animal species also found in these forests which includes bears, bats, woodpecker, hawks deer, fox and many other that could tolerate low temperature.

Temperate Forest
Temperate Forest

Temperate Forest

Temperate forests can be found on both hemispheres on latitude approximately 25 to 50 in regions of northeastern Asia, North America, western and central Europe and can be categorized as deciduous as well as evergreen.

The interesting thing about these forests is that they have all four seasons; summers, spring, winter and fall. Soil of these forests is fertile and enriched.

Trees of these forests can be categorized as broad leave trees including those which change their foliage every year like oak, maple, beech, hemlock, cotton wood, elm and many more of same kind. Animal species found in these forests are birds, rabbits, squirrels, wolf, black bear, mountain lion and bob cat.

Monsoon Forest
Monsoon Forest

Monsoon or Seasonal Forest

These forests are also known as dry forests. These forests go through two extreme seasons; the season of heavy rainfall and a long season of complete dryness. Forests of this type can be found in Southeast Asia, West and East Africa, eastern Brazil and northern Australia. 

Trees of these forests include woody vines, orchid and many others like; lianas and herbaceous epiphyte, thick bamboos and tall teak trees. These forests are highly threatened in West Africa (over 90% of forests have been cleaned) and all round the world by cultivation. 

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      Bhargavi 2 months ago

      Forest s. Important in our life

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      mond 5 years ago

      amazing video.................

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      nafiya 5 years ago

      I think the forest is important to everyone and the animals some of us are distroing the enviroment and the animals home to as I saw that video I cry and all that bushfire are distroing the animals home we need to keep the enviroment clean and save our home

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      asghar 5 years ago

      it is a good piece of work . it is helpful for me.

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      We're 5 years ago

      This is a okay website

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      fred 5 years ago

      did you know that forest have trees omg :)

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      miss bunnypants 5 years ago

      i like forest because they have bunnys in then :)

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      me 5 years ago

      very good and helpful information :)

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      k.murugesan 5 years ago

      i got a informations.thank you

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      marjan 5 years ago

      give an example for all of these forests plzz

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      joseph 5 years ago

      which are types of forests

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      There is nothing more beautiful than a forest - no matter what type. I recently learned about swamp peat forests in the tropical regions and how they hold an incredible amount of carbon under the surface. Thanks for the great images and descriptions. I would love to some of these places in person.

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      Ombati Rasugu 5 years ago

      forest is part of our life lets unite and keep it save and clean.

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      navjot singh 5 years ago

      its lengthy

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      wycliff 5 years ago

      lets think of others, the futere and the wild animals keep the forests alive.

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      hunar 5 years ago

      great info but little short

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      meenu 5 years ago

      tooooooooooo goooood..........

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      jamie22224 5 years ago

      plz give me names plz !!!!

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      akshat 5 years ago

      GO GREEN

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      iffath 5 years ago

      it is helping to improve my knowledge

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      bharath 5 years ago

      very good

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      alice 5 years ago

      Quite right

      deforestation making life impudent

      Trees make a important part of our life

      we should are and save it 4 the next generation 2 survive

      DEFORESTATION IS NOT THE SOLUTION

      4 THE NEXT GENERATION

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      Harshit 5 years ago

      it was very amushing

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      zainab 5 years ago

      many children find about the forest

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      k.sai sree ram 5 years ago

      by this website we can learn about forest

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      Yash 5 years ago

      Very good

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      neelesh 5 years ago

      soooooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooood

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      komal 5 years ago

      what is so informational page

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      sameer sharma 5 years ago

      very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anadi 5 years ago

      we should save the environment 2 protect our mother earth

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      maha 5 years ago

      amazing!

      we must the care of forests

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      sana 5 years ago

      gud very informative

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      Ruby 5 years ago

      The information is precise..but the only lag is the description of the forests!And moreover the information given here is very basic..especially for a student who is pursuing a masters degree in forestry!Hope to have some more information added to it soon!

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      pritrishna 5 years ago

      gud only dat hud b dn thnx

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      srinithi 5 years ago

      thank you divyanshhu

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      Sajid Sarfaraz Ali Durani 5 years ago

      forest is life and happies of life

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      Divyanshhu 5 years ago

      Nice!Very informative paragraph.Keep up the good work.:-)

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      srinithi 5 years ago

      deforestation: we all used to say about deforestation.we say it is like that. it should be banded.severe action must be taken by the govt. etc., etc., but nobody thinking we are govt. we can change it. however at least present and beyond generation must take action and should change deforestation to afforestation. i am the one who gonna be in both present and beyond i hope we all together can change it.

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      Sparsh 5 years ago

      Its good

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      ramneek 5 years ago

      very nice

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      farhad ali(mkd) dargai meherdi 5 years ago

      forest is the basic need of life so save it sincerely

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      Aiman Zaidi 5 years ago

      Nice Documetery........

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      ankur 5 years ago

      it help me in preparing my project

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      farhad ali 5 years ago

      i liked it so much

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      ali 5 years ago

      forest is good for life.IN FOREST THERE ARE MANY WILD ANIMALS.

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      Hira 5 years ago

      the inf. regarding the types of forests should be a bit lengthy!!!

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      jawaria 5 years ago

      soooooooooooo!!!!! cool documetery

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      Hadia. 5 years ago

      amazing.......!

      it really helped me in making my project.....!

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      Nazima malik 5 years ago

      Save forest and save nation's wealth

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      priyanka 5 years ago

      they can keep list of forests names

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      abinaya 5 years ago

      WE SHOULD STOP THIS CRIME.IT IS OUR REPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF MOTHER EARTH.

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      priya 5 years ago

      it's nice that people started saving forests.I hope now no one will cut them.

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      anjali 5 years ago

      nice topic,we can know many things about forest ant its uses

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      ritika 5 years ago

      green forest r beautiful

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      kamran 5 years ago

      how r forests formed?

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      451 5 years ago

      what is a forest

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      Harshitha Narayan 5 years ago

      the content n pictures provided s insufficient:(

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      priyanka 5 years ago

      save forest save life on earth

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      sneha 5 years ago

      WE OFCOURSE HAVE TO SAVE THE FOREST OTHERWISE WE ARE NOTHING.SAVE FORESTS (TREES) IT COSTS NOTHING.

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      cena 5 years ago

      nice one

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      jenjen 6 years ago

      nice i new it

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      dashu 6 years ago

      very well compose video.it help to finish my project

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      Baby G 6 years ago

      555555+ I like it so much and thank very much

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      ARPITA 6 years ago

      thank it was quietuseful :]

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      apoorva 6 years ago

      Give more information less for knowledge gaining though it is nice!!!!

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      priyannga.g uuddtt 6 years ago

      nice article

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      gayathri.s udt 6 years ago

      This will be useful to me to submit my project. It is a nice article.

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      alok goswami 6 years ago

      pls provide more information about types of forests

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      dheepika 6 years ago

      super article

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      Brea 6 years ago

      A deciduous forest is where there are a lot of certain trees and deciduous flooring is instead of grass.An evergreen tree is a tree that in the fall or any other season never changes color.Despite the name EVER-GREEN it is a tree that is well ever-green meaning always green all the year all the time.Foliage is leaves so you know.Hopefully that all helps.I learn this from tv and internet and myself and teachers.I think you people need to go back to school.

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      Dianne Raguini 6 years ago

      Evergreen plant is a plant that has leaves in all seasons. This contrasts with deciduous plants, which completely lose their foliage during the winter or dry season.

      FOLIAGE MEANS "LEAF"

      DECIDUOUS PLANTS MEANS "the dropping of a part that is no longer needed, or falling away after its purpose is finished"

      HOPE THIS WILL HELP :)??

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      waniiii 6 years ago

      provide total area and species examples in each forest type.......

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      rinku 6 years ago

      These articles are excellent they helped me a lot for my project and they can be easly understood by children and also they tell the use of trees and forests

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      AMALA THOMAS 6 years ago

      NEED SOME MORE ABOUT ALL THE FORESTS.......NOT BAD

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      vinayak 6 years ago

      what we do will some day wil return to us so please take some learning and stop this crime

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      dilip 6 years ago

      best best best videos

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      karunakaran 6 years ago

      deforestation,it,s a social crime

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      gautham 6 years ago

      must be a bit lenthy

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      benjoseph 6 years ago

      what are deciduous forests???????????????????????

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      Rounak 6 years ago

      really trees r important

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      hassam 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Check the temperate forests heading.

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      kgfkgf 6 years ago

      what are deciduous and evergreen forests????????

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      SONU 7 years ago

      PLEASE MAKE A HUGE DESCRIPTION OF TYPES OF FORESTS

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      trupti 7 years ago

      add more information as it would be useful for projects and assignments.