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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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T9): Answer questions about temperate and tropical rainforests using a map of their locations.
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According to the study leader Kenny Travouillon, a paleontologist at The University of Queensland's School of Earth Sciences, the musky rat-kangaroos must be saved from the harmful effects of global warming as they are a vital part of the ecosystem in the tropical rainforest.
The plants of a tropical rainforest also provide the raw materials for around a quarter of the Western world's prescription drugs, but scientists have tested less than one per cent of tropical trees and plants for their medicinal value.
By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world's roads.
This beautifully arranged store is packed-full of silk floral arrangements and running waterfalls making it look like you just walked into a tropical rainforest.
The zoo, which overlooks the city and Lake Zurich, is home to more than 250 different wild species and contains a tropical rainforest mimicking the conditions of Madagascar's threatened Masaola Peninsula, with humid temperatures and sprinklers squirting 80,000 litres of water daily over exotic plants and trees.
Further inland, Michael Heckenberger of the University of Florida, Gainesville, discovered that the floor of one of the deepest, darkest areas of continuous tropical rainforest has not always been forest floor.
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At that rate, the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Foundation warns, we will lose 1 to 10 percent of the world's species in the next 25 years.
In Costa Rica, students will stay at Tabacon Hot Springs and Tortuguero, and visit museums and take a boat ride to the Caribbean Tropical Rainforest.

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