What's with the conifer advantage?
Could someone explain why conifers seem to dominate over deciduous (or broad leaved plants) in certain environments. Why do they seem to have the advantage in cool/wet, marine climates (the Northwest for example), and also subarctic/cold and dry climates. Deciduous forests seem to dominate much of the East, but then there's the Southeast/subtropical dominance of pines and cypress (which actually runs from Long Island & NJ down into Florida). Where I live, it's mostly deciduous with a conifer minority but if you drive a short distance to the coast or to nearby wetlands, it becomes dominated by conifers. I've always been curious about these patterns of mixed dominance. Finally, do conifers dominate in any fully tropical environment? Thanks in advance.