Net Primary Productivity:
- Temperate Rain Forests have about 6000 Kilo calories/ square meter/ year) while a tropical rainforest has 9000. A regular tropical rainforest has a growing season of frost free nights 365 days a year while a temperate forest has only 120. In a temperate rainforest there is approximately 30-60 inches per year while a tropical rainforest has more than 60 inches of rain per year.
- Tropical Rainforests are found at high latitudes (northern and southern hemispheres), generally near coastlines, and in very wet conditions (40 to 100 inches or more) and cool as well (average annual temperature of 43- 52̊ F)
- Tropical rainforests are very unique, as their rich ecotones are among the most productive regions on Earth. Not only are they home to many endangered species, but they also contain some of the largest and oldest trees on the planet.
Soil Quality :
The soil quality in temperate rainforests is usually very moist and rich in nutrients. Although it may not be what you would expect, the soil in temperate forests is actually richer than that of the tropical rainforest. This is because trees in tropical rain forests spread their roots and suck up all the nutrients from the soil. However, temperate forests do not have this problem because they are not biodiverse and do not have developed plants that have that ability.
Most Popular Species in Japanese Temperate Rainforests: