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Tropical Rainforest

Tropical Rainforest

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Tropical Rainforest

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  1. Tropical Rainforest Kate DePentu Stacey Randall Christine Daniel

  2. Where are the rainforest located? • Rainforest grow on 4 continents: • South America • Africa • Asia • Australia • Near the Earth’s Equator, where sunlight and rainfall concentrate

  3. Inside the Rainforest • Rainforest Layers: • Forest Floor • Shrub Layer • Under Storey • Canopy • Emergent Layer

  4. Derived from the Rainforest • Prescription Drugs • Pharmaceutical ingredients • Oxygen • 3000 Fruits • Plants that are active against cancer

  5. Why is the Rainforest Important? • It is a wealth of renewable sources- so long as we don’t destroy them all • Healthy Food • Medicine • The extensive diversity- A 25 acre area holds that same number of tree species as all of the US (around 700)

  6. How Can We Help? • Recycle as much as possible- help save the Earth • Grasspave http://www.grasspave.com • Use more organic materials • Reusable instead of disposable • Donate • Volunteer

  7. Organizations/Programs • Amazon Conservation Team- http://www.amazonteam.org/ • Eco-Travel- http://www.ecotravel.com • Global Volunteer Network- http://www.volunteer.org.nz/ • Protect-An-Acre- http://www.ran.org/what_we_do/protectanacre/ • Race for the Rainforest- http://www.racefortherainforest.com/ • Rainforest Alliance- http://www.rainforest-alliance.org

  8. What is Happening to the Rainforest? • The rainforest is disappearing! Statistics show 14% of the earths surface was once covered. Now a mere 6 % remain. Experts even predict that in forty years the rainforest will be completely gone! DEFORESTATION The permanent destruction of forests and woodlands

  9. Why is the Rainforest Being Destroyed? • The value of rainforest land is perceived as only the value of its timber by multi-national logging companies, and land owners.

  10. What are The Effects of Destroying the Rainforest? • We are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day. That equates to 50,000 species a year! • Possible cures for life-threatening diseases • Continuous extinction of Indigenous tribes and their accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species • Losing half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms

  11. Resources • Rainforest Facts • National Geographic • Layers of the Tropical Rainforest • Tropical Rainforest Plant