Rain Forest


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Rain Forest

A forest that receives at least 68 inches of rain per year. Rain forests are responsible for a large proportion of Earth's oxygen turnover, and are home to numerous plant and animal species. Environmental degradation has threatened the future of rain forests, and various governments have taken steps to protect them.
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If they know how valuable the rain forest is, then the Amazon can be saved.
Many of the newfound plant fossils are of palm, legume, and flowering species that still dominate South America's rain forests, according to study team member Scott Wing, a paleontologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.
While he concedes that a regrown forest may absorb some carbon dioxide, he insists, "This is not the rich ecosystem of a rain forest.
Once again our third-graders have become totally immersed in a two-month-long investigation of the tropical rain forests.
And she sets out to prove she is right by taking Cole on an adventure of a lifetime through her rain forest.
Sakowicz's frogs were bred in captivity, but their natural home is in the tropical rain forests of Central America.
While corporate logging interests represent a large threat to the rain forest, the massive influx of small farmers who stake their claim in the rain forest is even more problematic.
The word flashes briefly on-screen toward the end of Lothar Baumgarten's 1973-77 film The Origin of the Night: Amazon Cosmos, a lush, ninety-eight-minute meditation on the rain forest inspired by a Tupi myth about the division of night and day.
The primary reason for this phenomenon is the rapacious construction of roads built to accommodate economic exploitation of the rain forest.
Bold colors, unusual sounds, magnificent lush plants, and exotic animals are all part of what makes a tropical rain forest an exciting and engaging subject for students of all ages.
At dawn, the rain forest resonates with birdsong; in the heat of the day, it is quiet.
Developed by CSIRO's Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research in collaboration with other institutions and with the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees and Shrubs is a computer-based, interactive system on CD-ROM that almost anyone can handle.