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. 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 A tropical rainforest is typically divided into four main layers, each with different plants and animals adapted for life in that particular area: the emergent, canopy, understorey/understory and forest floor layers. Emergent layer Soils
Why Save the Rain Forest?Imagine what it is like to walk through a rain forest. You pass hundreds of trees, many more than 125 feet high. You see orchids, ferns, and other exotic plants growing on tree trunks. Above, sunlight filters through the canopy of leaves, but you are walking in deep shade. You have probably heard how important rain forests are. Why Save the Rain Forests explains how rain forests touch everyone's life. Plants from the rain forest provide us with many other important things. What if there were no more rain forests? Where rain forests have been cleared from the land, much less rain falls. What can you do to save the rain forests?There are lots of resources.Arctic Survival in The Angus Adventure HandbookArctic Survival Survival in Arctic conditions requires specialized preparation Surviving in temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius depends on more than just staying warm. The physical properties of many substances change in low temperatures, and it is essential to prepare for these occurrences. 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
Tropical RainforestWhere are tropical rainforests found? Tropical rainforests are located around the equator where temperatures stay near 80 degrees year round. Rainforests receive 160 to 400 inches (400-1000 cm) of rain each year. The largest rainforests are in Brazil (South America), Zaire (Africa) and Indonesia (South East Asia). Other tropical rainforest places are in Hawaii and the islands of the Pacific & Caribbean. What is the tropical rainforest? The Tropical Rainforest is a forest occurring in tropical areas of heavy rainfall. What is the structure of vegetation in the rainforest? The image above shows a typical cross section in the rainforest. Emergents are the tallest trees and are usually over 50 metres tall. The sea of leaves blocking out the sun from the lower layers is called the canopy. The under canopy mainly contains bare tree trunks and lianas. The shrub layer has the densest plant growth. The forest floor is usually dark and damp. How did the tropical rainforest get like this? Local: Global:
They like the climate?Best Way - Amazon Rainforest Survival GuideDespite the fact the Amazon rainforest is progressively dwindling due to deforestation, it is still vast and people find themselves needing to survive in it on a regular basis. So it is important to know how to survive in this type of seemingly impenetrable, endless jungle if you are unfortunate enough to find yourself stranded there for an extended period of time. While access to food and water are the first concerns, keeping yourself safe from wild animals and knowing what not to consume is also important. Water Considerations While it is a rainforest, which by definition means it rains regularly, it is still rather difficult to obtain water which is not contaminated and is safe for you to drink. Edible Plants There are many plants or fruits from these plants which can be eaten. Animal Hunting and Protection It is also important to set traps for animals, not only to catch them but to protect yourself from them at night. More slideshows
Rainforest BiomesThe tropical rain forest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth. An average of 50 to 260 inches (125 to 660 cm.) of rain falls yearly. Rain forests belong to the tropical wet climate group. Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. A tropical rain forest has more kinds of trees than any other area in the world. About 1/4 of all the medicines we use come from rainforest plants. All tropical rain forests resemble one another in some ways. Despite these differences, each of the three largest rainforests--the American, the African, and the Asian--has a different group of animal and plant species. Layers of the Rainforest There are four very distinct layers of trees in a tropical rain forest. Emergent trees are spaced wide apart, and are 100 to 240 feet tall with umbrella-shaped canopies that grow above the forest. Plant Life Besides these four layers, a shrub/sapling layer receives about 3 % of the light that filters in through the canopies. Animal Life
Indigenous People of the Amazon Rainforest: a Q and A from the Rainforest Action NetworkA 'Q and A' session from Rainforest Action Network, to help older children learn about indigenous populations living in the Amazon and other rainforests. See all Amazon Rainforest Tours Q: Who are indigenous people? A: Rainforests are bursting with life. Q: In general, how do they live? A: Although some indigenous people live much as we do, others still live much as did their ancestors thousands of years before them. Q: Do the children go to school? A: Most tribal children don't go to schools like ours. Q: What do they find to eat? A: Besides hunting, gathering wild fruits and nuts and fishing, Indigenous people also plant small gardens for other sources of food, using a sustainable farming method called shifting cultivation. Q: Why is the forest so important to indigenous people? A: Indigenous people revere the forest that, until the present, has protected them from outsiders and given them everything they need. Q: Why are indigenous peoples in danger?
HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVAL IN THE RAINFOREST - IntroEvery person that works in the Rain Forest, especially if not native from the area, is subject to a series of circumstances, which can sometimes even lead to his death. These circumstances may be a result of getting lost in the Rain Forest when opening trails or simply by entering the Rain Forest, since it is much easier to enter the Rain Forest than finding your way out of there. The first recommendation that should be given to any worker when starting to work in a Rain Forest area should be that he should not enter the Rain Forest without a real reason, because he is exposing himself to what is a difficult experience, even for locals from the area. In this handbook we will try to give a series of pieces of advice for those people that have been forced to enter the Rain Forest and need to get out of there with as fewer injuries or hurt as possible.