The Influence of the Eastern Pacific Ocean on the Coastal Rain Forests of Northwestern North America.
As the author below points out, one of the major influences in the development of the Northwest temperate rain forests is the eastern North Pacific Ocean. We cannot intelligently examine issues about the forests without considering the pieces to which they are attached, both natural and man-made.
Not only are materials transported from marine to terrestrial environments, materials also flow from terrestrial to marine environments. Inorganic (non-living) material such as silicates and iron compounds are eroded away from the land and carried by rivers and winds to the ocean. These chemicals are important to the health and growth of certain marine plants and animals.
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