deciduous summer forest

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One of the two kinds of broad-leaved forest in the middle latitudes, the other being broad-leaved and evergreen. The deciduous summer forest is by far the more important of the two in the northern hemisphere, and is absent from the southern hemisphere. The deciduous nature of the forest is believed to be an adaptation to drought, when the soil is frozen in winter.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.

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