2 February 5, 2012RainforestA dense evergreen forest with an annual rainfall of at least 406 centimeters (160 inches).
3 February 5, 2012Types of Rainforest Tropical Rainforest Temperate Rainforest The best known coniferous or broa rain forests found in dleaf forests that tropical regions occur in between the the temperate Tropics of cancer zone and receive and Capricorn. high rainfall.
4 February 5, 2012Tropical Rainforest an ecosystem type that occurs roughly within the latitudes 28 degrees north or south of the equator (in the equatorial zone between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn)
14 February 5, 2012 The lowest level of the rainforest Detritus, duff and O horizon one of the most distinctive features of a forest ecosystem also teems with a wide variety of fauna and flora one of the richest components of the ecosystem from the standpoint of biodiversity
35 February 5, 2012EcologyClimate, soil, carbon flux, forest succession
36 February 5, 2012Climate “equatorial climate” (characterized by three major climatic parameters) Temperature Rainfall Dry season intensity
37 February 5, 2012Soils – Soil Types Classification of soils Ultisols - well weathered, acidic red clay soils Oxisols - acidic, old, typically reddish, highly weathered and leached
38 February 5, 2012Soils – Nutrient Recycling How does nutrients in soils are recycled?
39 February 5, 2012Soils – Buttress Roots create a wide spread root network at the surface for more efficient uptake of nutrients in a very nutrient poor and competitive environment.
40 February 5, 2012Carbon Flux definedas the exchange of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and a sink
41 February 5, 2012Forest Succession an ecological process that changes the biotic community structure over time towards a more stable, diverse community structure after an initial disturbance to the community.
57 February 5, 2012Rainforest of Central America found in coastal Brazil, northern and western South America (from Peru to Venezuela), central America (especially Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Belize), southern Mexico, and on some islands in the Caribbean.
73 February 5, 2012Biodiversity andSpeciationInterspecific competition hypothesis, Pleistocenerefugia
74 February 5, 2012Interspecific CompetitionHypothesis because of the high density of species with similar niches in the tropics and limited resources available, they must do one of two things: become extinct or find a new niche.
75 February 5, 2012Pleistocene RefugiaA theory developed by Jürgen Haffer in 1969 To further understand this theory, watch this video of
77 February 5, 2012Habitation Tropical rainforests are unable to support human life
78 February 5, 2012 Indigenous People: Pygmy People hunter-gatherer groups living in equatorial rainforests characterized by their short height
79 February 5, 2012ResourcesCultivated foods and spicesYam, Coffee, chocolate, banana, mango,papaya, macadamia, avocado, and sugarcane all originally came from tropicalrainforest and are still mostly grown onplantations in regions that were formerlyprimary forest.
80 February 5, 2012Ecosystem Services Humankind benefits from a multitude of resources and processes that are supplied by natural ecosystems. e.g. Clean Drinking Water
81 February 5, 2012Tourism anincrease in tourism has increased economic support, allowing more revenue to go into the protection of the habitat. e.g. Ecotours increasepublic appreciation of the environment and to spread awareness of environmental problems when it brings people into closer contact with the environment.
82 February 5, 2012CONSERVATIONThreats and Protection
83 February 5, 2012PAST and PRESENTThe rainforests before, how it were slowly gettingdestroyed, and ways to conserve it.