NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

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While feeding on urine, the butterflies take in a great deal of liquid, extract the salts, and eliminate the rest - every few seconds, a large drop of water is squirted out of the anus. They eat fruits and sleep in the holes in the trees. Approximately 12% of the earth's surface (5 billion acres) was originally covered with tropical vegetation. On land, pigs, both domesticated and wild, are the main source of meat, although wallabies and many birds are also eaten.

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The Tropical Rain Forest

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This might partly be due to the drier climates in Africa, but is perhaps also a legacy of the fact that the important epiphyte family Bromeliaceae has failed to reach there, in contrast to the hundreds of species which occur in the Americas. The largest temperate rainforests are found on the Pacific coast of North America. Another defense is latex, famous in rubber trees (Hevea spp.) and many other plants of the Euphorbiaceae and other families.

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National Geographic Magazine - August 1896 - Vol. VII, No. 8

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Each plant has 9 to 12 huge, segmented, pleated and almost circular leaves; they resemble a giant pinwheel or fan, hence their common name. In its natural state, the forest also features lianas (vines). Peluso, Nancy Lee and Peter Vandergeest, 2001. “Genealogies of the Political Forest and Customary Rights in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 60, No. 3, (Aug., 2001), pp. 761-812. The Forest Service offers a one hour guided tour from 10:30 to 2:30, they leave at every half hour and the cost is $5 per person, children and seniors is $3.

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National Geographic Vol. 160 No. 1 July 1981

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Een beleidsondersteunend computermodel voor duurzaam bosbeheer gebaseerd op ecofysiologische analyse en simulatie van boomontwikkeling. Bat Detective was developed at University College London, Bat Conservation Trust, Bat Life Europe with the Citizen Science Alliance. Perhaps these environmental modifications are already responsible for the reported increase in the growth rates and abundance of large diameter lianas in tropical forests (Phillips et al. 2002), but more data are needed to evaluate this trend and its proposed cause.

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The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by

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The total area reforested in those five years amounts to more than 3500 square kilometers (1350 sq. mi). Singapore still has over 100 fern species and over 80 of these are to be found on Bukit Timah, though some are extremely rare. The two species of solenodons in the world, in the family SOLENODONTIDAE, are in the order SORICOMORPHA, along with the shrews. Vines, such as the Strangler Fig, hang down from the trees.

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LIFE Magazine - March 22, 1954 - PENGUIN COVER

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But with few forest-protection controls, the destruction continues. The lake covers an area of 8,482 sq km (3,275 sq mi), making it one of the world?s largest artificial lakes. Tropical rainforests are home to more than half of the world's ten million species of plants, animals and insects. It was the end of this drought that signalled the birth of new forests. The tragic lack of communication between eco-activist groups and trades unions has meant that the ecology movement has suffered from a significant lessening of its practical power-base and has led to the absurd situation in Australia of green activists fighting with rank-and-file members of logging-unions, whose members, history has shown us, have little to gain from large scale exploitation of primary forest land.

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National Geographic Magazine, September 1998

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Precipitation is primarily in the form of snow, 40-100 cm annually. The great concern of all conservationists is that, as the rain forests become increasingly fragmented, such interdependence will crumble for lack of a keystone animal or plant. It is possible that some of the rarer species would be able to spread out from the patches of primary forest in which they survive at present if the surrounding forest was protected, acting as a buffer zone. Bioassessment - Using aquatic insects as indicators of water quality, volunteers learn more about the health of their neighborhood creeks and identify potential problem areas.

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Resources and Conservation (Secrets of the Rainforest)

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Fishermen around the world now use monofilament nylon nets, which are much more effective than traditional fishing nets because fish cannot see them in the water. Looking across the range of the world's rainforests, it is obvious that there must be certain common evolutionary pressures which are responsible for the striking similarities between unrelated groups of plants growing in different parts of the world. Asian elephants -- the largest mammals on the continent -- often forage and shelter in bamboo forests, which also are prime hunting grounds for snakes such as India's bamboo viper.

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LIFE Magazine, November 28, 1949

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As Queets was also one of the more difficult locations to visit, less attention was being given to the fire than if, say, it were in the always popular Hoh valley. Naess thus seems to play down the ‘spiritual’ interpretation — God is hardly mentioned — and is sceptical of a mystical oneness. Will you help support the important work of wildlife rangers? Abiotic Resource - can be used in the sense that an area physically occupied by 1 org not available to another.

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National Geographic Magazine September, 1915

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S. government subsidies for corn-based ethanol production. Such movements led to the development of completely novel global linkages, which involved non-tropical peoples in tropical affairs in new ways, as in visits of political support by the rock musician Sting to the Kayapo in the Brazilian Amazon. Sok River Adventure, it's time to return to childhood by playing like a kid again. Fruit harvest (above) - In the state of Rondonia in Brazil, the Urea-Wau-Wau Indians collect many different fruits from the rain forests including those of the pupunha palm (Bactris spp.).

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