tropical rainforest

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tropical rainforest

[′träp·ə·kəl ′rān‚fär·əst]
(ecology)
A vegetation class consisting of tall, close-growing trees, their columnar trunks more or less unbranched in the lower two-thirds, and forming a spreading and frequently flat crown; occurs in areas of high temperature and high rainfall. Also known as hylaea; selva.
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Review the definitions of temperate and tropical rainforests in the article.
The conference was told the size of tropical rainforests in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia is falling rapidly due to cultivation of palm oil, soy and other crops and extensive mining and logging operations.
TV naturalist Iolo Williams said: "People are rightly concerned about tropical rainforests.
While most people have heard of the plight of tropical rainforests that have lost species and indigenous cultures after decades of logging, fewer people have heard of the much rarer coniferous and broadleaf temperate rainforests of Wales - the Meirionnydd Oakwoods.
On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World's Tropical Rainforests is the 34th report to the Club of Rome, an NGO think tank whose conservation recommendations play a major role in the global environmental movement.
The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, fringed by lush tropical rainforests, enjoys its own private cove and beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea on the island s south west corner.
The report said that global warming may be affecting the tropical rainforests, a natural habitat of the musky rat-kangaroo and other species.
Other research groups made similar observations in the air above North American forests and tropical rainforests.
As rich in biodiversity as they are in folklore and mystery, tropical rainforests are the ultimate destination for many geographers and aspiring explorers.
FAMILIES are being urged to get a tree that makes a difference this Christmas - by making a donation to help support tropical rainforests in Central America.

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