Rainforests Facts Facts about Rainforests Do you know how many tropical rainforest plants have been identified as having anti-cancer properties? Or how many continents around the world contain rainforests? And just how quickly are the world's rainforests disappearing? Find out the answers to these questions and more as you check out these interesting rainforest facts! Facts about the Global Coverage of Rainforests Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, the world's rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals. Facts about the Rainforest as Part of our Global Environment and Well-being Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns. Facts about the Abundant Life and Important Resources that Rainforests Share with Us A typical four-square-mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. Want to Test Your Rainforest Knowledge?
Arctic Survival in The Angus Adventure Handbook Arctic Survival Survival in Arctic conditions requires specialized preparation Surviving in temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius depends on more than just staying warm. This section of the Adventurer’s Handbook provides information on how to survive in extreme cold conditions for extended periods of time. Here are four tips to keep in mind as you prepare for your adventure. Living and traveling for extended periods in temperatures -40 degrees Celsius or colder is an experience far removed from the familiar. More on Arctic Survival Arctic Tents Cooking, Food, and Water Clothing Sleeping Bags Sleeping Pads Condensation and Vapour Barriers
Deforestation in the Amazon While this is welcome news for Earth's largest rainforest, it is nonetheless important to understand why more than 580,000 square kilometers (224,000 square miles) of Amazon forest has destroyed in Brazil since 1980. Why has Brazil lost so much forest? What can be done to stop deforestation? In the past, Brazilian deforestation was strongly correlated to the economic health of the country: the decline in deforestation from 1988-1991 nicely matched the economic slowdown during the same period, while the rocketing rate of deforestation from 1993-1998 paralleled Brazil's period of rapid economic growth. During lean times, ranchers and developers do not have the cash to expand their pasturelands and operations, while the government lacks funds to sponsor highways and colonization programs and grant tax breaks and subsidies to forest exploiters. But this has all changed since the mid-2000s, when the link between deforestation and the broader Brazilian economy began to wane. Logging Fires
Snippy Snippy Snip, and you're done! What's new: Multi-mon support! What is Snippy? How often have you carefully selected some text from a Web page and copied it to an email message? If you are cutting out a portion of an Internet Explorer window, the URL will also be copied to the clipboard; this makes it very convenient to select something interesting on a Web site and send it out in an email message. Using Snippy Click on the Snippy icon – mouse cursor changes to a pen – mark an area of the screen – the marked area is now in your clipboard. If you want to select a rectangular area, just hold down the Shift key while dragging. Snippy also supports multiple monitors. Installing Snippy There is no install program. Download Snippy now. Snippy works only with Windows XP. Caveats Note that the screen region is copied as an image and not as text, even if the area that you've marked contains only text. The feature to grab URLs works only with Internet Explorer currently. Comments and Feedback
Blue Planet Biomes - World Biomes What is a Biome? A biome is a large geographical area of distinctive plant and animal groups, which are adapted to that particular environment. The climate and geography of a region determines what type of biome can exist in that region. Major biomes include deserts, forests, grasslands, tundra, and several types of aquatic environments. All living things are closely related to their environment. The earth includes a huge variety of living things, from complex plants and animals to very simple, one-celled organisms. Rainforest Rainforests are forests characterized by high rainfall, with annual rainfall between 250 and 450 centimetres (98 and 177 in). There are two types of rainforest: tropical rainforest and temperate rainforest. The monsoon trough, alternatively known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating the climatic conditions necessary for the Earth's tropical rainforests. Tropical Tropical rainforests are characterized by a warm and wet climate. Mean monthly temperatures exceed 18 °C (64 °F) during all months of the year. Average annual rainfall is no less than 168 cm (66 in) and can exceed 1,000 cm (390 in) although it typically lies between 175 cm (69 in) and 200 cm (79 in). Many of the world's rainforests are associated with the location of the monsoon trough, also known as the intertropical convergence zone. Tropical rainforests are located in the tropics, i.e., in the equatorial zone between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Temperate Layers
Orangutan Crisis – Sumatran Orangutan Society Sumatran Orangutans - on the edge of extinction The Sumatran orangutan is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, the World Conservation Union. There are now only around 6,600 remaining in the wild. Habitat Loss Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, and Sumatra has lost almost half of its forests in the last 25 years. The Leuser Ecosystem, a 2.6 million hectare expanse of forest spanning the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, is one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots. The orangutans' forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. The expansion of farmlands and the building of new roads opens up the forest, making it easier for hunters and poachers to capture orangutans and other protected wildlife. Illegal Trade Orangutans are 'gardeners of the forest'.
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