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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Pinning down exact numbers is nearly impossible, but most experts agree that we are losing upwards of 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest daily, and significantly degrading another 80,000 acres every day on top of that.
Draft proposals for a convention on conservation of biodiversity also focus on tropical rainforests, which comprise an immense storehouse of plant and animal resources threatened by continuing habitat destruction.
The 1,700-acre Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica - in the heart of the tropical rainforest - gets nearly a thousand visitors a day, and the surrounding hotel "strip" is now a major employer.
* Old-growth conifer forests alone contain more than twice as much plant matter as the most productive tropical rainforests. "
"This process of moving from fast growth in the sun to slow growth in the shade sets up this characteristic size structure that is common across tropical rainforests, despite the differences in their environments," explains first author Caroline Farrior, who earned her Ph.D.
Every hour, areas of tropical rainforest the size of 88 football pitches are cleared to make way for palm oil and other intensive forms of industrial agriculture--threatening the existence of native orangutans and farmers alike.
The Great Bear Rainforest is sometimes called the "Amazon of the North." But the damp, mossy region looks different from tropical rainforests like the Amazon.
OSLO, NORWAY -- Religious and indigenous leaders from 21 countries gathered in Oslo on June 19 to launch a new initiative aimed at saving the world's tropical rainforests from the impact of deforestation and climate change.
Authorities seized in separate operations Friday, 35,860 board feet of lumber poached from protected tropical rainforests in central Mindanao.
Having spent part of each of the past 30 years in the Sarapiqui River Valley of northeastern Costa Rica studying the abundant insect life of the region's tropical rainforests, Young describes his discoveries in insect natural history and also his personal experiences and impression of the place.
TV naturalist Iolo Williams said: "People are rightly concerned about tropical rainforests. But with over 200 days of rain each year, Llennyrch is no less a rainforest.
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.

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