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The Rainforest- The most diverse biome on earth
Transcript of The Rainforest- The most diverse biome on earth
lies along the equitorial belt. Abiotic factors...
Average of 93f
Average humidity of 77-88%
50- 260 inches of rain each year Plants and Animals
Nepenthes (Pitcher Plant)
Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon or Voodoo Lily)
The Pitcher Plant:
Attractive liquid for insects.
Trap door (pitfall)
Bugs can't escape. Rafflesia arnoldii
Lack chlorophyll and therefore can not perform photosynthesis.
Smells like a dead carcass.
Largest individual flower on earth. Dragon Lilly
also smells like rotting meat.
10-12 inch flower
Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator)
Orangutan means person of the forest in Malay.
2 meter arm span (7 feet) but only 5 feet tall, perfect for life in the trees.
Make nests of leaves in the trees.
Calls can be heard up to two kilmeters away.
Named for Kaiser Wilhelm II
Long white mustaches
Fruit, nectar, sap, fungi
Live in groups of four with one female and three males.
Females always give birth to two babies at once.
Largest of the south american big cats.
very good swimmers
Live alone and have their own territories that they stay in.
Competition Among Species
Competition at ground level for food among plants has led to evolutionary distinct species.
Live on branches or the roots of other species.
Some have even been known to strangle large trees for survival.
Plants that have had to compete in the canopy have developed adaptations such as "air roots" which take nourishment litteraly from the air. Cooperation among species In a rainforest in the Ivory coast Putty Nosed Monkeys and Diana monkeys were found sharing the same niche.
Goes against the theory of competitive exclusion.
Formed a sort of mixed species association where the two species live and work together.
The Putty Nosed monkeys defend against eagles while the Diana monkeys collect fruit.
What could YOU be doing in this biome?
White water rafting on the Pacuare in Costa Rica (dont drink the water, trust me)
Canopy tour, fly through the canopy on a zip line.
Speedboating down the Makong River (SE Asia)
Points of Interest (South East Asia)
If the rainforest is not for you there are many different biomes near by..
Desert (South America, Africa, and South Asia)
Grassland (South America, Africa, and South Asia) Weather Report! Average of 93f
Average humidity of 77-88%
50- 260 inches of rain each year What to bring
NO JEANS! (light weight pants)
Light weight t-shirts
Light weight long sleave shirts
A wind breaker/ rain jacket
A brimmed hat.
A pair of sandals (you don't want fungus to grow)
insect repelent WARNING Deforestation and industrialization threaten this biome.
South East Asian Rainforest contain many endangered species
(lemurs, rhinos, elephants etc.)
If the rain forest ever were to disapeer it would be extremely detrimental to
the earth because of all of the natural services this biome gives (photosynthesis) Why is the rainforest important?
Extreme amount of the world's diversity
Cures for diseases
World heritage sight. Fun fact
The rainforest is so dense that we are still finding tribes of people that have not come into contact with the modern world. Works Cited
1http://www.admwebstudios.co.uk/GlobalEnvironment/Images/rainforest_location_map.gif (ABM Web Studios 9/29/11)
2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ_K15SfcN4 (youtube 9/29/11)
3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLErPqqCC54 (youtube 10/2/11)
4 http://listverse.com/2007/11/30/top-10-coolest-plants/ (Listverse 9/29/11)
5 http://listverse.com/2007/11/30/top-10-coolest-plants/ (Listverse 9/29/11)
6 http://listverse.com/2007/11/30/top-10-coolest-plants/ (Listverse 9/29/11)
7 http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/orangutan/ (National Geographic 9/30/11)
8 http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/jaguar/?source=A-to-Z (National Geographic 9/30/11)
9 http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildfacts/factfiles/303.shtml (bbc 9/30/11)
10 http://farm1.static.flickr.com/76/194850502_7362fec6ec.jpg (lickr 9/30/11)
11 http://travel.mongabay.com/rainforest_animal_photos.htm (mongabay 9/30/11)
12http://www.mikekaplan.com/nssfolder/pictures/NY3N6489%20diana%20400.jpg (Mike Kaplan 9/30/11)
13 http://www.rainforesttours.com/ (Rainforest Tours 9/30/11)
14 http://www.rainforesttours.com/ (Rainforest Tours 9/30/11)
15 http://www.monteverdeinfo.com/canopy/tour.htm (Costa Rica 10/2/11)
16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSMkdr8qZJ8&feature=related (youtube 10/2/11)
17 http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/flags/countrys/zzzflags/thlarge.gif (worldatlas 10/2/11)
18 http://linda-hoang.com/blog/vietnamflag.jpg (linda hoang 10/2/11)
19 http://flagspot.net/images/k/kh.gif (Flagspot 10/2/11)
20http://www.greentrailtours.com.vn/thailand/images/gallery/Thailand_adventure_tours/Elephant_Hills_Beach_Rainforest_Nature_Safari/jungle-safari-elephant-trek.jpg (Greentrail Tours 10/2/11)
21 http://farm1.static.flickr.com/77/205836194_87da24f45b_o.jpg (Flickr 10/2/11)
22http://zoltantakacs.com/zt/im/scan/earth/tropical_rain_forest_vietnam_26799_340.jpg (Zoltantakacs 10/2/11)
23 http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/B/Biomes.html (RCN 10/2/11)
http://www.kapawi.com/en/the-travel-experience/what-to-bring.html (Kapawi 10/2/11)
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/rainforest-profile/ (National Geographic 10/2/11)
http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/15/3/400.short (Oxfor University 9/30/11)
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