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- 1 Biome
- 2 Encarta
- 3 Species diversity in forests
- 4 Forest coverage
- 5 Photo's
- 6 Culture
- 7 Initial definition in article
- 8 Do all forest have trees?
- 9 Fact or Fiction
- 10 Montane forest
- 11 What happends when you are stuck in the forest?
- 12 Voting "No" on Merging With Jungle
- 13 how many trees make a forest?
- 14 Tree Top Heights
- 15 Wellard
- 16 Decent unobscure language
- 17 potential resource: Science News "Rain tips balance between forest and savanna: Amount of tree cover can shift suddenly and abruptly"
- For ideas about what should be written on such a broad topic you can see Encrata's forest article. BrokenSegue 03:58, 2 Mar 2005 (UTC)
- I'm not sure that "evergreen forest" is a very natural category, but there is no reason it couldn't be an article. A more natural breakdown might be coniferous vs non-coniferous forests Jeeb 05:02, 1 September 2005 (UTC)
Definitely Encarta is the better encyclopedia to check. At least it's more put into one, concise.
Species diversity in forests
So why do forests have many kinds of trees in them? I would expect that each forest would exist at a specific climate, and that natural selection would lead to fairly homogenous tree populations. Why doesn't that happen? -- Creidieki 4 July 2005 03:15 (UTC)
- They don't always. Vast areas are covered by species-poor communities, particularly at high latitudes or elevations. Biophysical constraints in more extreme environments probably constrains what is possible evolutionarily, limiting species richness.
Jeeb 00:14, 11 July 2005 (UTC)
- Granted, but even then you can't explain the diversity of forest trees in terms of single limiting nutients. Guettarda 01:28, 11 July 2005 (UTC)
- I believe in the UK a forest is a hunting ground, set aside by the king or another noble. An area such as the New Forest in Hampshire, UK is a forest, despite contianing large areas of heathland and meadows. The term, forest has been taken to mean an area of woodland since then as many hunting grounds contained woodland. User sjc503. 24th May 2006
I removed the "see also" link to this redlink. Feel free to re-add it once the article is written, but as it stands I don't really see what the scope of that article would be (forest cover, by biome, would be meaningful, but should be in the appropriate article. Guettarda 19:29, 6 October 2005 (UTC)
I've included a photo of Australian Forest to broaden it from the European and North American Variety. It would be good to obtain a picture from Africa and South America of another Habitat, like Mallee scrub or dry snow covered forest. Enlil Ninlil 05:32, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
We could do with a popular culture section, because trees and forests feature in almost every type literature ever as places of magic and nature and whatnot. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 18:21, 5 December 2006 (UTC). vdsfgsdfrtwrey3rqy3q5
Initial definition in article
A more comprehensive initial description should include the term "ecosystem."
First, the initial hunting statement should be later in the article related to sport, or livelihood. If the Amazon forest were historically set aside for hunting, then the ocean could be described as set aside for fishing.
The initial definition should be more specific on size as well. With the current definition id describe a backyard with two trees in a corner a forest. Their needs to be specifications for size.
D00d123 23:09, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
- I don't know whether it is possible. I was frustrated finding a width/depth/flow minimum for River (vs. creek, stream, ...). There doesn't seem to be any widely used criteria. Applied to forests, San Bernardino National Forest comes to mind as an area which doesn't meet the standard I thought existed for a national forest. —EncMstr 23:23, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
- I think the mention of the original definition in the first para is relevant – it relates to the definition of the term, not just to the use of forests for hunting, which I agree belongs later. I've tried to clarify this in the article.--Richard New Forest 12:01, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Do all forest have trees?
Fact or Fiction
"These plant communities cover approximately 9.4% of the Earth's surface (or 30% of total land area)" - I'm defending a young editors article related to Forests and I would like to see the references for these figures. Can you show that they are not fiction or hypothetical, ie. Science. GabrielVelasquez (talk) 22:27, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
I believe that Montane forest should have its own article. That could be defined as forest which depends on orographic precipitation, and would occur on the opposite sides of rain shadows. At least in some instances the ecology and conservation of these forests differ from others.
The Temperate cloud forests paragraph in the Cloud forest article may refer to this type in part. One could also expand the Cloud forest article to one under the Montane forest title, which would include 1. Cloud forests, 2. Temperate cloud forests, 3. Sholas and 4. Bamboo forests as special cases or paragraphs. I copy this comment on the Cloud forest page. JMK (talk) 15:39, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
Forest coverage should include that 50% of the world's forests have been cleared, another 30 percent have been severely degraded. These statistics were produced by the United nations Environment Program in 2000. Without the world's forests the biosphere's ability to provide humans and all other creatures with clean air and free oxygen will be seriously hurt. Planting more forests, restoring degraded forests will arrest Carbon dioxide build-up hugely. It is one huge way we have of tackling climate change and generating wealth and sustainability at the same time. Dr Bernardine Atkinson. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 05:02, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
What happends when you are stuck in the forest?
Voting "No" on Merging With Jungle
My vote is not to merge. A "jungle" is more than just a forest. It has a connotation of an environment that is teeming with life in which the "forest" is the foundation on which the other living things play their roles. I would recommend leaving it as a separate article but provide links to "forest" and vice versa. Even on the Indian subcontinent where the word originates, there are "Forest Officers" not "Jungle Officers". There is a difference in the meaning and I believe it is the more encompassing environment that jungle connotes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:23, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
how many trees make a forest?
how many trees are needed to make a forest? 5, 8, 12, 20, more? how far apart can they stand? should there be enough trees and density to sustain a forest climate?Sundar1 (talk) 12:23, 9 February 2010 (UTC)
Can AnyBoday Name Kinds Of Forest. Thank You.
Tree Top Heights
- I can find nothing confirming this either. I think it may be vandalism. I will remove it. 1brettsnyder (talk) 06:34, 24 August 2010 (UTC)
Decent unobscure language
Wold, weald, holt, frith, and firth. No, it is not good English to go to Norway or Cambodia and say, "What a lovely frith.." or any of the others. Put it in the etymology section unless it is strikingly significant. No need for a list of numbers or obscure terms when we are trying to read sentences which do not rely on them. Thankee. Removed accordingly, appologies. ~ R.T.G 18:46, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
- Note: Some common things in the world like forests and streams and huts and many regular things would have a different name from each different village. That is slang. Sure, some words, like holt, are a little more than slang and yet, a little less than a map of etymology in the lead section? Cheers, ~ R.T.G 18:56, 23 August 2011 (UTC)
potential resource: Science News "Rain tips balance between forest and savanna: Amount of tree cover can shift suddenly and abruptly"
- Trees have a tipping point: Amount of forest cover can shift suddenly and unexpectedly by Alexandra Witze November 5th, 2011; Vol.180 #10 (p. 5) "Rain tips balance between forest and savanna: Amount of tree cover can shift suddenly and abruptly" November 5th, 2011
Also see Tipping point.