Vocabulary Canopy: is the aboveground portion of a plant community or crop, formed by plant crowns. Epiphytes:(or air plant) is a plant that grows upon another plant (such as a tree) non-parasitically or sometimes upon some other object (such as a building). Biomes: are defined as similar climatic conditions on the Earth, such as communities of plants, animals, and are often referred to as ecosystems. Acres: is similar to a hectare. Basin: the area of a dry-dock which can be flooded and drained.
The rainforests are home to more worldwide speciesthan all other biomes added together. About 80 percent of the world's known biodiversitycould be found in forests
HOW RICH ARE THE RAINFORESTS? They are the richest habitats on earth, containing 50 per cent of the world’s plants just 2.5 acres of tropical rainforest can contain 600 species of trees.
Where are the rainforests? Theworld’s main areas of tropical rainforests are in South and central America, West and central Africa, southeast Asia and northern Queensland, Australia
WHY ARE RAINFOREST BEING CUT DOWN? The land can be used for crops or grazing. Tropical forest soil are fertile
HOW FAST ARE THE RAINFOREST BEING DESTROYED ? Rainforests are being destroyed at a speed of 70 acres a minute. Every year an area the size of the state of Wisconsin is lost or badly damaged.
TIPS TO PREVENT DEFORESTATION For every tree you cut down plant another tree. This will help in keeping the number of trees constant. Limit the use of paper. Paper is made by cutting trees, so use only that much amount of paper which is required; do not make unnecessary use of paper. The major purpose of cutting trees is making paper. If you as a consumer restrict the use of paper then automatically trees will be cut in limited numbers.
Use recycled paper-products. Products such as paper pads, shopping bags, books and tissues should be recycled and used. Recycling will ultimately save trees.
Plant more and more trees. You can plant trees near your house or conduct such programs that will help you plant trees in the forests which are turning into barren lands by cutting down of the trees.
Run campaigns in offices, help people understand the effects of deforestation and encourage them to plant more trees.
Tropical Rainforest Quiz 1. Where are Tropical Rainforests generally found? a. equator b. Antarctica c. arctic 2. What countries are tropical rainforests near? a. Americas b. Middle East c. Asian d. Arctic 3. What harmful practice is done to rain forests every day? a. Deforestation b. Conservation c. Both d. None of the Above
4. The Amazon River does not run through a rain forest. a. True b. False 5. Rain forests are known for having exotic and dangerous animals. a. True b. False. 6. Which of the following best describes a rain forest? a. biome b. ecosystem c. both d . None of the Above