The Pacific Northwest

Bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Rocky Mountains to the east - the Pacific Northwest is the most geographically diverse region of North America. Rugged, glaciated peaks rise up abruptly from the world's richest cold water sea and seemingly endless coastlines. Cradled within are vast swaths of temperate rainforest - boasting the highest biomass per hectare on earth. In this verdant landscape, many trees exceed 1,000 years and grow to be hundreds of feet tall. The leeward side of the region's many mountainous areas give way to arid country, some of which receive less than 20cm of rain per year. In turn, this very different world is home to an array of different flora and fauna.