Definition of boreal
1 : of, relating to, or located in northern regions boreal waters
2 : of, relating to, or comprising the northern biotic area characterized especially by dominance of coniferous forests
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That’s not good news for the boreal forest, the world’s largest forest habitat, where virtually all wildfires are ignited by lightning.
Around half of the area of the world's IFLs are in the tropics, and a third can be found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia.
Trailing only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela in proved reserves, the sticky deposits of sand, water, clay and hydrocarbons in the remote boreal forests of Canada are some of the hardest and most expensive to extract.
In a distant corner of Scandinavia near the Russian border, wild reindeer graze in meadows, boreal forests frame waterways, and the midnight sun lights up kettle ponds.
The other, the northern flying squirrel (G. sabrinus), inhabits the boreal coniferous forests of the northeastern U.S., Canada, and Alaska.
As the moon casts a warm glow over Parc Mahikan, a wildlife observation center located deep within the boreal forest of Girardville, Québec, Canada, the distant howls of a pack of wolves shatter the otherwise silent surroundings.
By 2050, Arctic sea ice will have virtually disappeared, and temperatures in the interior, surrounding Fairbanks, will have risen by an additional 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit, altering the boreal forest ecosystem.
The surrounding area is wilderness too — a sprawling land of untouched boreal forest and tundra, rivers and mountains.
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Origin and Etymology of boreal
Middle English boriall, from Late Latin borealis, from Latin boreas north wind, north, from Greek, from Boreas
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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