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Natural Disturbance section[edit]

I've been bothered by the incorrect format of the citations in the Natural Disturbance section, so today I converted all of them to wiki format.

"Baring sea land bridge"[edit]

I feel that we should move to rename this and similar glaciological features, as the title implies small stature and a tenuous structure. In fact the connection was massive and was usable for maybe 20000 years at a time. This one must have risen to around 80 metres above sea level and had a width measured in tens of kilometres. Was the Southern coast subject to warmer sea currents rising through the Pacific and, consequently, fairly encouraging for the transfer of species in either direction between the continents? I imagine so. As my phrasing implies I am far from research fellow in this subject although I'm confident in that which I've writ. However I'd encourage those that can to legitimise these comments with some hallowed references! 86.129.116.118 (talk) 03:06, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Map[edit]

Instead of / as well as the map presently being used, wouldn't it make more sense to use a map with the North Pole as its central point? The current one makes it look like the green areas are discrete forested areas with large gaps between, rather than one continuous strip running around the top of the globe ~dom Kaos~ (talk) 23:31, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Caledonian Forest of Scotland[edit]

Although sometimes considered to be hemiboreal or boreonemoral, the Caledonian forest of Scotland is also widely considered to represent a Western-European boundary of the boreal forest, and is noted as such on the relevant Wikipedia page. Indeed, the extant forest fragments are broadly ecologically consistent with both the western pinewoods of Norway (where there is less Norway Spruce than in Eastern Fennoscandia) and the birchwoods of Iceland. Furthermore, although lying at a more southerly latitude, the Caledonian forest is no less fragmented than the Icelandic birchwoods which are included in the list of boreal forest ecosystems. For the sake of consistency, I would therefore suggest either adding the Caledonian Forest of Scotland to the text and/or table or explaining the inconsistencies noted above with regard to the Caledonian Forest wikipedia page and the inclusion of the highly fragmented Birchwood of Iceland. Is the classification of boreal based on cliamte, latitude or some other factor or combination of factors?