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Education 6305 rainforest

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Education 6305 rainforest

  1. 1. What are Rainforests?<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Rainforests are characterized by<br />2<br /><ul><li> Very high rainfall amounts
  3. 3. Normally between 68-78 inches</li></li></ul><li>Did you know?<br />3<br />
  4. 4. There are two types<br />4<br />Tropical<br />
  5. 5. And ….<br />5<br />Temperate<br />
  6. 6. Tropical Rainforests are found in the tropics near the equator. <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Temperate Rainforests are found in temperate regions between the tropics and polar circles.<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Did you know?<br />8<br />
  9. 9. That 45-70% of Earth’s species are unique to rainforests.<br />9<br />
  10. 10. And millions of plants, insects and microorganisms are still undiscovered<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Did you know?<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Rainforests are responsible for 28% of Earth’s oxygen turnover (process)<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Did you know?<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Rainforests have 4 main layers. Each layer<br /> has different plants and animals <br />adapted for life in that area.<br />14<br />
  15. 15. The Emergent Layer contains a small <br />number of very large trees, called emergents. These trees must withstand <br />hot temperatures and strong winds. <br />15<br />
  16. 16. Eagles, butterflies, bats and monkeys live here.<br />16<br />
  17. 17. The Canopy Layer contains the majority <br />of the large trees. The canopy is home<br /> to 50% of all plant species. <br />17<br />
  18. 18. The fauna in this layer is similar to that in the emergent layer but more diverse. <br />A 1/4 of all insect species are believed<br /> to exsist in the canopy.<br />18<br />
  19. 19. The Understory Layer or the shrub layer lies between the canopy and the forest floor. <br />Only 5% of sunlight shining on the <br />rainforest reaches the understory.<br />19<br />
  20. 20. The leaves in this level are much larger making a great home for insects. This layer is also home to birds, snakes, lizards, jaguars, boa constrictors and leopards to name a few. <br />20<br />
  21. 21. The Forest Floor Layer is the bottom layer of the rainforest. There is little vegetation here because it receives only 2% sunlight.<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Did you know?<br />22<br />
  23. 23. More than half of the world’s species of plants and animals are in the rainforest.<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Rainforests support various types of species including mammals, reptiles, birds, invertebrates. Fungi is also very common.<br />24<br />
  25. 25. Did you know?<br />25<br />
  26. 26. We use the Rainforest for<br />Timber<br />Animal products (meat, hides)<br />Tourism destinations<br />Food<br />Medicines <br />(¼ of medicines have been discovered here)<br />26<br />
  27. 27. But….Did you know?<br />27<br />
  28. 28. We affect the Rainforest<br />Human induced deforestation plays a significant role in the future of the rainforest. Due to the heavy logging the rainforests are shrinking.<br />28<br />
  29. 29. This causes many species to be driven to extinction. Biologists estimate extinction is happening at a rate of 50,000/ year. <br />29<br />
  30. 30. Did you know?<br />30<br />
  31. 31. You can help save the Rainforest<br />Recycle everything you can!<br />Use cold water when possible!<br />Reuse grocery bags!<br />Store things in reusable containers!<br />Don’t leave water running!<br />Put up birdfeeders!<br />Watch out for wildlife!<br />31<br />
  32. 32. By:<br />Rachel Kellar<br />Sources:<br />Save the Rainforest<br />Rainforest Facts<br />32<br />

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