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The rainforest climate and environment.

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The rainforest climate and environment is unique to areas situated on the Equator, where the hottest and most diverse climates on Earth can be found. Although the temperature stays around 20-28� Celsius, there is also abundant rainfall, with an average of about 1500mm per year (though sometimes exceeding 4000mm per year). The rainforest is not particularly seasonal, with rainfall spread evenly throughout the year. Drought and frost are not issues in rainforest areas. Over long periods of time, animals have adapted well to this varied climate, whether it be finding other methods of transportation through the rainforest undergrowth, or growing other leaves as a method of defence. The pineapple is a good example of the latter adaptation mentioned. The pineapple is distinguishable by its large, green, spiky leaves, protruding from the top of the fruit. ...read more.

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An example of animal life very similar in terms of adaptation to the flying squirrel is the "flying snake". The snake, instead of having "wings" or any other means of flight, propels itself into the air at high speed. While elevated, the snake moves with a coiling action to drive itself even further, and thus mastering "flight", however unconventional it may be. This is a great advantage to the snake, as it also gives it a quick and easy option of escape, if ever it feels threatened. As well as this, the forest floor is not exactly the ideal habitat for a snake or its size and stature... The rainforest floor is alive tarantulas and other such insects and predators. Most notably, the poison dart frog is a particularly notorious inhabitant of the rainforest, chiefly in the Amazon rainforest. ...read more.

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this is what they are used to, and the fact that reportedly two acres of rainforest is being cut down every second puts the lives of these people in danger, as their home and living environment is demolished as a result of this action. One of the successes of these people living in the environment that they do, is the way everything is so coherent and human and animal live side by side. For instance, there is a specific substance, which Amazonian people have found repels insects, which they spread all over their body's which is essentially a huge benefit to the Amazonians. The climate of the rainforest is hugely unique and an asset to this world. The enormous variety of animals and plants living there is incredible, however humans just take it for granted, and that has to stop, before this beautiful environment is taken away forever. The Climate of the Rainforest By Louisa Jones 9PG 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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