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What is a rainforest?

What is a rainforest?

A rainforest is an area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall. Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem s, with some surviving in their present form for at least 70 million years.

What are some similarities between a kapok tree and a jungle?

Kapok trees are keystone species in many rain forest ecosystems. Many plants in the humid rain forest canopy are pointed, so that rain can run off the tips of the leaves. These “drip tips” keep the leaves dry and free of mold. Jungles and rain forests are very, very similar.

Do mushrooms in the rainforest really eat plastic?

A mushroom discovered in the tropical rainforest of Ecuador, for example, is capable of consuming polyurethane —a hard, durable type of plastic used in everything from garden hoses to carpets to shoes.

How are non-profit organizations tackling rainforest conservation?

Nonprofit organizations are tackling rainforest conservation through a variety of different approaches. The Rainforest Trust, for example, supports local conservation groups around the world in purchasing and managing critically important habitats.

Who lives in the rainforest?

Rainforests are not just home to animals and plants; they are also home to groups of people. There are many tribes of people who call the rainforest home but the most well-known are the Yanomami tribe, the pygmy tribe and the Huli tribe.

Where are tropical rain forests found in the world?

Tropical rain forests are found in Central and South America, western and central Africa, western India, Southeast Asia, the island of New Guinea, and Australia. Sunlight strikes the tropics almost straight on, producing intense solar energy that keeps temperatures high, between 21° and 30°C (70° and 85°F).

What do you learn in the Amazon rainforest?

Learn about the Common Trees of the Amazon Rainforest living in the Yasuní. Amazon Rainforest or Amazon Basin is an Ocean of Trees. During your Trip to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, you will be learning about trees, their life history, ecological relationships with other forest creatures and also watch local people use it.

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