Moonrise, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada

Photograph by Thomas Koidhis


In the darkness of Canada’s remote, subarctic taiga, the moon rises behind the trees. The taiga, or boreal forest, is the world’s largest land biome, accounting for 29% of the Earth’s forest cover, with the largest areas found in Canada and Russia. The lowest annual temperatures after the tundra and permanent ice caps can be found in the taiga, and winters are long and harsh. Perhaps surprisingly, the brief summer temperatures are relatively warm and humid — July in Fort Smith can see temperatures as high as 22.9º C (73.2º F).  


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