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Tropical Rain Forest Biome
Transcript of Tropical Rain Forest Biome
More than 50% of rain forests are in latin America!
The tropical rainforest biome has a very warm and wet climate. It has an average temperature of 20-34 degrees Celsius.
The pitcher plant (Nepenthes rafflesiana) is native to tropical forests in southeast Asia. Because they do not get enough sunlight to use photosynthesis, Pitcher plants eat lizards, insects and small mammals. They are an example of a carnivorous plant, found in the rainforest.
Strangler figs, which are common in tropical forests, have adapted to rainforest life in a different way. To clear space for itself the roots spread out and cover nearby plants, strangling them out of the environment. native plants: Orangutans are the only Asian great apes. All other great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees – live in Africa. these animals have adapted to the tropical rainforest biome, their arms are twice as long as their legs.Their feet look and function like hands; and fingers and toes are curved which allows them to grip firmer onto the trees’ branches. Blue poison dart frogs adaptation mechanism is its color and its very harmful poison. coloration is its protection mechanism against potential attacks from predators, and a warning sign towards other curious animals. jaguar’s stocky and muscled build is a result of its millennia’s long adaptation to its environment.
The jaguar is exclusively carnivorous which means it only eats meat (that is, other animals!). It has a very varied diet and eats lots of different types of prey. Many different organisms cooperate to survive in the tropical rainforest biome. some examples are:
When the capuchin monkey feeds on nectar in these flowers by lapping it up, it gets pollen on its face - which it eventually transfers to other flowers in the process of feeding on them. In this way, the trees provide the capuchin species with food, while the capuchin monkey pollinates flowers of this tree. Bibliography:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6195531_places-interest-tropical-rainforest.html#ixzz2LYn4PFOl Sloth hairs are grooved, which allows algae to easily take hold and grow on the sloth's fur. This camouflages the sloth and allows the algae to get closer to the sunlight 1. Rainforest zip-line swing through the canopy of the rain forest this amazing activity will be one of the highlights of your expedition. 2. Take an exquisite trip into the jungle with trained tour guides. Sight some of the most amazing animals in the rainforest! 3. Rainforests only cover about 7% of the earth, but scientists think that over half of all the plants and animals living on our planet today, live in tropical rainforests! A single acre of tropical rainforest may support 60-70 different kinds of trees. One wildlife reserve in the Costa Rica rainforest of South America has more different kinds of birds living there than live in all of Canada, the United States, and Mexico combined!
Thousands of things we Americans use everyday come from plants and trees that grow in tropical rainforests. Do you ever think where the rubber for the tires on the school bus; the medicine you take when you are sick; the cinnamon you sprinkle on your toast; or the banana in your lunch come from? Tropical rainforests! Rainforests are filled with valuable resources that can be harvested without damaging the forest or its' trees. People who live in rainforests have been doing it for hundreds of years!
Many people cut down trees in the Tropical rainforest.This type of destruction of rainforests is called deforestation. When deforestation occurs, the plants and animals that once lived in the rainforest may become vulnerable, threatened, endangered, or even extinct! Deforestation may also cause the weather all over the world to change! This is called global warming or the green house effect. because less oxygen is changed into carbon dioxide.
In order for us to save our planet's rainforests, we need to: conserve our resources; be careful what we buy; and tell other people what we know about rainforests. Once they learn what great places rainforests are, they'll want to do what they can to save them too! Why is this biome important? Yes.
Strange things are happening in lush Amazonian rainforests and scientists said Wednesday rising levels of carbon dioxide could be the cause. Even in pristine rainforests unaffected by human activities such as logging or burning, researchers have noticed dramatic differences in the growth patterns of trees over the past 20 years.
That could distort the forest's fragile balance, affecting rare plant and animal species.
"The changes in Amazonian forests really jump out at you," said William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. "It's a little scary to realize seemingly pristine forests can change so quickly and dramatically." Laurance and his team, whose research was published in the journal Nature, noticed that the growth of large trees in the Amazonian rainforests have accelerated over the past two decades while the growth of smaller ones has slowed. Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have risen by 30 percent in the past 200 years because of emissions from automobiles and industry and rapid forest burning, particularly in the tropics. Much of the increase in CO2, which plants use from the air for photosynthesis, has occurred since 1960. So the big fast-growing trees have an advantage and are outpacing the smaller ones.The researchers believe the odd change in growth patterns could also be a signal for an overall change in rainforest ecology. Native animals: The tropical rainforest biome has a annual rainfall of more than 250 centimeters and has average humidity between 77% and 88%. It rains more than ninety days a year in the rainforest! There are many threats to the tropical rainforests around the world.
Deforestation is very dangerous. as more and more trees are chopped up, the less oxygen is produced. this plays a HUGE role in the greenhouse effect.
rising CO2 levels exelarate the growth of large trees, while stuping the growth of small shrubs, and bushes. We suggest bringing short sleeve shirts and shorts because of the temperature, and a poncho to keep you dry. mosquitoes may be a problem so bring bug spray and take vaccinations so you don't get sick. Bring binoculars to any expeditions you take. bringing a guide along would be very helpful incase you stray from your tour group.
Blue poison dart frogs
People have lived in the rainforests for thousands of years. Many indigenous peoples live in small villages in the rainforest, and live on the resources from the rainforest rather than technology and commerce. The indigenous peoples use the plants and animals from the rainforest to meet all of their dietary, medical, shelter and other needs. Indigenous villages are wonderful examples of living a low-impact, environmentally conservative lifestyle.
The forest floor hosts relatively few species of plants and animals compared to the canopy layer, but it is nonetheless a fabulous place to explore. The forest floor of a primary tropical rainforest, or a rainforest that has not been cut down and regrown recently, is generally clear of vegetation and quite dark, as all light is obscured by the canopy layers. The moist, dark environment allows these species to thrive on the forest floor. Many animals that live in the canopy, such as larger monkeys, sloths and even cats, such as leopards, will use the forest floor to travel short distances or stalk prey. 1. tropical seasonal forest
2. subtropical desert Other places to visit!!