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Canada still has 91% of the forest cover that existed at the start of European settlement. Scandinavia has just 5% left

Photo by Olga Oslina via Flickr CC The Boreal forest is the world's largest land-based biome. Spreading over continents and covering many countries, the Boreal plays a significant role in the planet's biodiversity and even its climate. Here are 30 facts you want to know about this incredible space. 1. The Boreal Forest is named after Boreas , the Greek god of the North wind. 2. The biome is known as boreal in Canada, but is also known as taiga , a Russian word. Taiga is most commonly used to refer to the biome's more barren northern locations while boreal is used for the more temperate, southern area (we're just using boreal for ease). Image via BU Land Cover and Land Cover Dynamics 3. The boreal covers most of inland Canada and Alaska, most of Sweden, Finland and inland Norway, much of Russia, and the northern parts of Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Japan. 4. The boreal represe...

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