Latest Tropical rainforest Stories
Rainforests aren't the only ones capturing CO2 from our atmosphere. A new study shows that semi-arid ecosystems like savannas (think Lion King) help out, too.
Scientists discover 30 new spider species, which constitutes a minor share of what is yet to be found in this biodiversity hotspot.
The small body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, according to an international team of researchers, but all African pygmy phenotypes do not have the same genetic underpinning.
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that tropical grassy areas, which play a critical role in the world’s ecology, are under threat as a result of ineffective management.
For the first time, scientists have discovered how tree roots in the mountains may play an important role in controlling long-term global temperatures.
The Oxford University-led research found that fungi regulate diversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success.
A new plant-mapping project has allowed for scientists to find locations where some of the rarest plant species live and thrive. The results were surprising due to the varying degree of climate and vegetation type found in many of these regions.
Tropical rainforests are known to harbor a high biodiversity of untold species, many of them unknown and unnamed by scientists as yet. Insects, especially beetles, make up a large proportion of this undiscovered life on Earth.
A troubling loss of diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem is accompanying deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...
The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta AmazÃ´nica or AmazÃ´nia in Portuguese, and Selva AmazÃ³nica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...
Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...
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