forest floor


Definition of forest floor 

: the richly organic layer of soil and debris characteristic of forested land

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Soils can hold up to twice as much carbon as the trees above, depending on the type of forest and amount of leaf litter and debris on the forest floor. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The EPA Declared That Burning Wood Is Carbon Neutral. It’s Actually a Lot More Complicated," 25 Apr. 2018 When hundreds of birds flew down from the tree canopy to the mineral-rich forest floor, Gertsman was ready. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 Lush, fruit flavors of cherry and cassis are complemented by earthy flavors of mushroom and forest floor. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Handmaid's Tale Wines Cancelled," 10 July 2018 Besides the obvious woody roots, many fine root are hidden in the duff of the forest floor. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 Still another scientist from Florida State University had a crate-sized device developed by the wind turbine industry to measure wind speeds from 200 feet above the canopy to the forest floor. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "What the West Can Learn from Florida About Forest Fires," 27 June 2018 Only the police blood-test results and the empty bottle on the forest floor told the tale. Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018 What used to be spruce trees and an insulating carpet of forest floor is now a layer of warm asphalt. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Warming in the north continues as predicted," 23 June 2018 The dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) lives on the forest floor in the lowland tropical rainforests of South America’s Guiana Shield, an ancient geological formation underlying the northeastern coast and parts of Venezuela and Brazil. Michael Allen, Science | AAAS, "How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators," 13 June 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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