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15 Amazing Forests from Around the World

Forests make up nearly a third of our planet. Each forest has its own ecosystem, which varies by climate and by country. These unique forests are incredibly diverse. Some of the forests on the list are made from sandstone, bamboo, and even one that is actually based underwater! Here are 15 of the most amazing forests from all around the world: 

1) Banff National Park, Canada

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Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, and it's located in the Alberta province, west of Calgary. The park is famous for its breathtaking alpine landscapes, enormous glaciers, and ice fields. The Wapta Icefields are a sight to behold. 

2) Amazon Rainforest, South America

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The Amazon Jungle is located in South America, and encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometers or (2,700,000 square miles). Over 60% of the forest is contained in Brazil. The "Amazonas" represents half of the planet's entire rainforest, making it the largest tropical rainforest in the world.  

3) Heron Pond, United States

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This stunning pond of cypress trees can be found in the Shawnee Forest of Belnap, Illinois. The forest plays home to a wide variety of cypress trees, willows, ferns and plants. You can head up the Cache River Nature Area for a scenic hike of the forest

4) Sagano Bamboo Forest (Arashiyama), Japan

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The beautiful bamboo forest of Sagano can be found along the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most visited tourist places in all of Japan. While you're at the forest, you won't want to miss Tenryu-ji Temple, which is only a simple walk away! 

5) Black Forest, Germany

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The forest, also known as Schwarzwald, is located along the wooded mountain range of Baden-Württemberg, in SouthWest Germany. The beautiful lakes of Titisee and Schluchsee are the main tourist attractions of the forest. 

6) Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

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The Zhangjiajie National Park sits atop the Wulingyuan Scenic Area of the Hunan Province. The quartz sandstone pillars are the main features of the famous Chinese national park. They are the result of erosion, which occurred many years ago. 

7) Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

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The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is noted for its flora, fauna, and diverse species of wildlife. The forest reserve was discovered in 1972, and can be found along the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces.

8) Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

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The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs can be seen off a dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina, in the Menabe region of western Madagascar. The trees can grow up to 800 years old. There are only between 20-25 remaining baobab trees in the forest.  

9) Kelp Forest, United States

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The underwater kelp forest  seen here, was photographed from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. There is a wide variety of kelp growing within the underwater ecosystem. Kelp forests have also been discovered as far as the tropical waters of Ecuador. 

10) Dragon Blood Tree Forest, Yemen

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The Dracaena Cinnabari or Dragon Blood Tree Forest, can be seen off the Socotra Island, in Yemen. The thick red sap of the trees give them the name. The red sap is actually used as a popular dye, and even acts as a natural medicine. 

11) Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, United States

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The gorgeous pine forest can be found along the White Mountains of Inyo County, located in Eastern California. The forest is open mid-May through the end of November. The park is also home to the 4,846 old Methuselah pine tree, which is one of the oldest bristlecone pines in the world. 

12) Muir Woods National Monument, United States

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The monument is located in the Pacific coast of Southeastern Marin County, California, and founded by a couple renaming redwood forests near San Francisco. The coastal redwoods are absolutely stunning, and a nature lover's best dream come true! The monument was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

13) Stone Forest, China

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The Stone Forest is located in the Shilin Yi Autonomous County, of the Yunnan Province. The towering limestone formations are said to date back over 270 million years!The forest also belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

14) Fishlake National Forest, United States

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Fishlake National Forest is home to the famous Pando, or The Trembling Giant, which is a single male quaking aspen. The aspen trees are part of one massive underground root system that has existed for over 80,000 years. The forest is situated just Southwest of Fish Lake in Utah.  

15) Mangrove Tunnel, Honduras

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The rows of mangrove trees can be seen from as far as the Caribbean all the way to the Philippines. The Mangrove Tunnel Tour is a major tourist attraction in Honduras, and is situated along the Roatán, Bay Islands. The tour takes you through the cultural heritage of the Caribbean, and definitely a must-see experience for everyone. 

(H/T: matadornetwork.com)
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