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Costa Rica Rainforest Lowlands

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Ethan Chan

on 7 December 2013

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Costa Rica Rainforest

Costa Rica is located in Central America and is in the Tropic of Cancer.
Costa Rica's latitude is 10 degrees
north, and it's longitude is 84 degrees west.
Landforms and Water Features
Around the Northern Costa Rican Rainforest Lowlands, it is very likely to find bodies of water wherever you go. Some examples are the Corobici River, the Tortuguera Canals, and Lake Arenal.

An example of a landform is a mountain range. To name a few: the Cordillera Central, the Cordillera de Tilaran, the Cordillera de Talmanca, and the Cordillera de Guanacaste.
From May to early December is the wet season, and from December to either March or April is the dry season. We are supposedly taking a graduation trip at the end of June, so we'd go in the wet season. In May and June, the sun rises at 5:45 a.m. and sets at 5:45 p.m., so we'd have--if we actually were surviving there--twelve hours to get food, water and shelter.
Some of the many animals in Costa Rica are monkeys, anteaters, snakes, lizards, toucans, parrots, butterflies, big cats, sloths, frogs, iguanas, turtles, hummingbirds, and manatees.

Some of dangers that we might face are the puma, the vampire bat, the American crocodile, and the poison dart frog.

In 1963 San Jose, Costa Rica, the Irazu volcano erupted. For two years afterward, smoke and ash showered San Jose. The people were forced to walk around with handkerchiefs at their noses, and sweep their rooftops and chimneys daily.

India's rainforests are similar to those of Costa Rica. In October 2013, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh (states in India) were hit by Cyclone Phailin. However, weather people said there would be a cyclone ahead of time. 950,000 people were evacuated from harm, and less than twenty-five people were killed.

Orissa and Andhra Pradesh obviously handled the situation better than San Jose, but it was in the 1960s, so they had less-advanced technology.
Struggles in a Similar Physical Environment
Ten Items for Our Two-Year Survival
(The bus crashes, and Elvira flies off her seat and onto the ground. The class stops laughing)
Isabelle: (yawns and wakes up) Where are we? Why are we in a rainforest???
(Ethan and Ajin look confused.)
Elvira: Calm down, we'll get out of here... I hope...
Two years later
Isabelle: Ugh! I hate this! Bugs everywhere, (shakes Elvira's shoulders) AND I'M ALMOST OUT OF BUG SPRAY!!!
Ethan: Calm down, sheesh. Take a chill pill. Does anyone have a map or a compass?
Ajin: Yeah! I do.
Everyone but Ajin: WHAT!!!
Ajin: ... Sorry...
Ethan: Just give them to me.
(Ajin gives map and compass to Ethan.)
Isabelle: Guys, we're almost out of food.
Ajin: Don't worry, we'll just head west again and find our food there, like we usually do.
Ethan: Maybe some water too, guys! Are you thinking straight?
Elvira: Okay, okay, no need to be so snappy.
Ajin: Which way are food and water on the map, Ethan?
Ethan: Forget food and water! Look, there's an airport not too far from here! We should be able to make it there by nightfall!
Isabelle: Wait a minute... you mean I WON'T have to worry about our shortage of bug spray this time tomorrow? YES! This is a miracle! We're getting out of here!
Ethan: Don't get ahead of yourself! We're still going to be walking for the rest of the day, and you'll have to worry about mosquitoes during that walk.
Isabelle: Are you trying to kill my mood?
Elvira: I don't care how long we have to walk! As long as we won't have to spend anymore time in this rainforest, I am fine with anything! LET'S GO, PEOPLE!!!
(Everyone walks until we reach the airport.)
Ajin: Yeah!!! We're back in civilization! And the walk wasn't even too bad!
Isabelle: Speak for yourself. I have never in my life been so tired, not even when we got stranded in the rainforest!
Ethan: And there's still the matter of getting home. You all seem to have forgotten one tiny detail: WE HAVE NO MONEY!!!
Ajin: Actually, we do. Remember when we came here? We brought $500 each, just in case we wanted to buy stuff.
Ethan: Oh, yeah... For once, I have no negative comments. We're going home!!
(We walk into the airport, purchase tickets, and hop onto a plane to Toronto.)
The end
1. Knife
2. Axe
3. Bug repellent
4. Box of matches (50/box)
5. Pan
6. Pack of bandages (30/pack)
7. $2000 (Canadian dollars in Costa Rican money)
8. Solar-powered flashlight
9. Compass
10. Map of the Costa Rica rainforest lowlands
- Tsunamis
- Earthquakes
- Floods
- Volcanic eruptions
- Hurricanes
Ten Items for Our Seven-Day Survival
1 and 2. Backpacks
3. Lunch (in a lunch bag)
4. Water bottle
5. Bug Spray
6. Sunscreen
7, 8, 9 and 10. Handkerchiefs
Ways to survive our 5 risks
-Tsunami: The only chance that we have to survive a tsunami is to try and get to a high surface. But with the little resources that we have, it's very hard.
-Volcanoes: One way for us to survive a volcanic eruption is to try and get as far away as possible. But there is a very low chance of there being an eruption.
-Earthquakes: Everyday there are earthquakes in Costa Rica. Although they are really little earthquakes. (1.0-4.5) We can survive by going up on a mountain to avoid landslides, which are usually lower to the ground.
-Floods: We can build a raft out of bamboo, and palm leaves.
-Hurricanes: We have to build a strong shelter, but it's not usually likely for a hurricane to happen.
1. Google Images
2. Wikipedia
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