The land of hemlock, douglas fir and giant redwood.
Here, water is never locked up in ice, and even if rains fail
the needles can extract moisture from the fogs that roll in from the sea.
The Sun's energy powers these forests, not for one month as it does in the Taiga but for half the year.
These conifers grow at ten times the rate of those near the Arctic, and they live for thousands of years.
One grove of redwoods in California contains three of the tallest trees on Earth.
This one is over a hundred meters high, the size of a thirty story building.
These forests were growing here long before humans walked the Earth.
They were in their prime twenty million years ago,
and existed before the Swiss Alps or the Rocky Mountains were even raised.