The Rainforest Biome By: Meredith Brown, Deandra Thomas, Jenna Banwell, and Samantha Maxson
Animals of the rainforest • Plants of the rainforest • Climate and temperature of the rainforest • Rainforest locations • Other facts about the rainforest Table of contents
Animals of the rainforest By: Meredith Brown
Producers- grass and strangler figs • Consumers- fish, monkeys, and snakes What are the kinds of animals that live in this area? Describe at least 2 producers and 3 consumers
Snakes- reptiles • Grass, strangler fig, and bromeliads are all producers What class of organism are they?
FOOD CHAIN: • Rodents (mice and moles) eat producers, and snakes eat the rodents FOOD WEB: • Soil allows oats to grow • Mice eat the oats • Cats eat the mice • Cats die and support bacteria • The bacteria return the nutrients to the soil What is an example of a food chain/web that lives here?
Mutualism- Leaf cutter ants and fungi • Parasitism- strangler figs and trees • Commensalism- Bromeliads and tree branches Describe any symbiotic relationships that may occur in this biome
Monkeys and sloths have special adaptations that helps them climb trees • Owls and bats are nocturnal to stay away from the sun during the day Describe the adaptations that the organisms that live here have to make in order to survive
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Plants of the rainforest By: Deandra Thomas
Epiphytes- plants that grow in the rainforest, often climbers • Lichens- plantlike organisms that are a combination of algae and fungi • Moss- small soft plants What are the plants that live here and what are they like?
Trees are gradually replaced by others • Succession is very high because there are a lot of trees and plants Describe the types of succession that occurs in this biome, if any
The rainforest does not have winter • Because there is no winter the growing season lasts all year What is the growing season in the rainforest?
Reproduction is good in the rainforest because there is a lot of rain and sunlight What is the reproduction here?
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Climate and temperature of the rainforest By: Samantha Maxson
Cooler and wet in the winter • Warm and drier and the summer • Foggy (usually cloud forests only) • Weather usually stays the same What is the climate like?
75- 80 degrees all year long • 80 degrees is the average temperature • Temperature never goes below 64 degrees • Almost no seasonal change in weather • Warm and humid all year What is the range and average temperature?
Gets over 6 feet of water every year • Some forests get over 16 feet of rain a year • Precipitation is 97% rain • Rains almost every day What is the range and average precipitation?
Rivers • Streams • Creeks • Water holes • Waterfalls • Rain (daily) can cause floods What are the water resources?
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Rainforest locations By: Jenna Banwell
Between 2 imaginary lines called the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn • Reason why they are called tropical rainforests Where in the world are rainforests located?
Usually less than 3,000 feet in elevation What are the different elevations of a rainforest?
South America- the Amazon River • Voyageurs National Park • Montecito National Park What are some important places in rainforests?
Foreground • 1,000 foot waterfalls • Highland/ lowland • Plateaus • Valleys • Mountains • Rivers • Flood plains What landforms are located in the rainforest?
Top soil is richer after the water washes it away, and all that is left is stony soil • Deeply weathered • Severely leached What is the soil like?
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Cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope • Help decompose dead plant and animal matter • Grow quickly in humid rainforests • Feed on leaves, twigs, and other matter that has fallen from the canopy Microorganisms
Invertebrates- animals without backbones • Some must spend life in the water • Rainforests are ideal for them to live • They are the least known variety of life in the rainforest Invertebrates
Humans are considered creatures of the rainforest • Rainforests provide food and shelter for humans to live • About 50,000,000 tribal people live in the rainforest Human life
Humans are the main cause • They cut down the trees for… -wood for timber and making fires -agriculture for small and large farms -land for poor farmers -grazing land for cattle -pulp to make paper Why are rainforests disappearing?
Teach others about their importance • Restore the damaged ecosystem • Encourage people not to hurt the environment • Establish parks to restore rainforests • Support companies that minimize damage of rainforests (TREES) How can we save the rainforests?