Tropical Forests

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Tropical forests are dark and humid, filled with tall trees and the most amazing diversity of animal life. These forests grow only in parts of the world, either side of the equator, which are very warm all year.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a ...

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Overview

Tropical forests are dark and humid, filled with tall trees and the most amazing diversity of animal life. These forests grow only in parts of the world, either side of the equator, which are very warm all year.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every biome unique.

Inside this book

Superb photography, bringing each biome dramatically to life

Clear maps of each major region of every featured habitat identify the main areas of environmental stress

Fact panels give at-a-glance information on each region

Meets curriculum standards for the study of biomes and their importance for plants, animals, and people

Glossary, sources of further information, and index

A comprehensive look at the tropical forest biome, examining its climate, plants, animals, people, and future, plus detailed views of some particular tropical forest locations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Wow—understandable ecology. In this entry in the "Biomes Atlas" series, Jackson attempts to create the big picture in manageable bites. And for the reader who is willing to absorb all the pieces, he succeeds. For those wishing to sample bits and pieces, the many pullouts and beautiful pictures will tantalize and intrigue. For example, we learn how climate and landscape determines plant life, which in turn determines other wildlife. In the Amazonian forests, wetness is a fact of life, so much so that trees can get bogged down by the water, branches can break under the weight and mold will grow. "So many rain-forest trees have smooth leaves that repel water and pointed leaf tips that help water dribble off." Jackson also explains that in such a rich environment, where most plants grow all year-round, the plants and animals stake out niches, ways of getting their food that are unique. So while there are two river dolphins in the Amazon River, one has a long thin nose and can swim in the shallow water above the flooded trees, searching the branches for food. The other stays in the main river. Each finds enough to eat. In addition to the Amazon, the book looks at tropical forests in Central America, Africa, and Asia. As with the other books in this series, the last chapter is The Future and discusses how human activity could or should change to protect the biome in question. End material includes a glossary, further research, and an index. 2003, Raintree/Steck-Vaughn Company, Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Fine introductions to various biomes. Especially effective are the maps. Brief notes for 10 to 12 highlights appear on each one, commenting on the diversity of flora, fauna, and landforms that occurs. Longer overviews of climate, plants, animals, people, and future prospects for the biome alternate with the regional close-ups. Excellent-quality, full-color photographs and related sidebars break up the texts. Edward R. Ricciuti's Chaparral (Benchmark, 1996) covers many of the same topics as Shrublands. Many books about grasslands cover both tropical and temperate varieties; however, Hoare offers a more in-depth examination by focusing on the temperate grassland. Even libraries that have other books about these topics will want to consider adding these for both report writers and general readers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432941772
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Biomes Atlases Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,054,456
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

Tropical Forests of the World 6

Central America 8

Tropical Forest Climate 10

Amazon Rain Forest 18

Plants of the Forest 20

Congo Rain Forest 30

Animals of the Forest 32

Southeast Asia 46

People and Tropical Forests 48

New Guinea 54

The Future 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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