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  • Tropical Rainforest: An Introduction
  • Description of a rainforest1. Densely wooded2. Location: Warm, tropical and wet climate3. Soil: Nutrient Poor-hard to grow crops4. Rainfall: Average 80 inches/year (sometimes as high as 400 inches/yr)
  • Difference between tropical rain forest & temperate rain forest• 1. Tropical rainforest: Located in the tropics; very warm climate and LOTS of rain• 2. Temperate rainforest: More seasonal, less rain
  • Remaining rainforests Dark Green Areas= only remaining rainforest left
  • Layers of the tropical rainforest * Tall Trees- 150ft tall; branches at the highest level; act like an umbrella * VERY THICK! Less than 2% of sunlight reaches the next layer; animals live here * Trees grow to about 12ft. Home of leopards, snakes, and insects Shrub layer * Grow shorter than 12 ft * No growth, no sunlight & 100% humidity
  • • The Soil: Few nutrients, decomposition occurs quickly. The nutrients are absorbed by the trees• Buttress Root System: Above ground or very shallow root system
  • Why is the rainforest so important?• Contains 90% of all living “things”• 70% of all plants have cancer fighting properties• Large amount of oxygen produced in the rainforest
  • How & why the rainforests are being destroyed• Slash and Burn: Cutting down the forest for farms, roads, & other development. The trees are then burned
  • • Bio Diversity: Many types of animals, insects, & plant life• Deforestation: Cutting down large areas of forest