The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss saw the Amazon rainforest, as he saw most things, as a complex structure.
To make room for these plantations, vast areas of rainforest are felled, which leads to primary and secondary loss of species.
Brune is the executive director of the Sierra Club and former executive director of the more radical rainforest Action Network.
Often this meant traveling through the rainforest for several days to speak to relatives in distant villages.
Who is against human rights, or world poverty, or saving the rainforest?
Adults were found along streams and in marshes in savannas and rainforest.
In the dry season the river was clear; it is surrounded by rainforest.
Only four arboreal species are found in the scrub forest, none in the savannas, but eleven in the rainforest.
From the examples discussed above, the importance of the three dimensional aspect of the rainforest is apparent.
Characteristically this species inhabits savannas and open forest; thus, its occurrence in the rainforest at Toocog is surprising.
1899, apparently a loan-translation of German Regenwald, coined by A.F.W. Schimper for his 1898 work "Pflanzengeographie."
A dense evergreen forest with an annual rainfall of at least 406 cm (160 inches).
Our Living Language : Most of the world's rainforests lie near the equator and have tropical climates. However, cooler rainforests exist in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and Canada. The world's largest rainforest is located in the Amazon River basin. The Amazon rainforest has been described as the "lungs of our planet" because it continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen, with a significant percentage of the world's atmospheric oxygen being produced in this region. Besides helping to regulate the world's climate, rainforests host an extraordinary diversity of life. Scientists believe that as many as half of the Earth's different species of plants and animals are found only in the rainforests, which take up a mere 7 percent of the world's landmass. By some estimates, more than half of the Earth's original rainforests have already been burned or cut down for timber or grazing land, and more than 130 plant, animal, and insect species are thought to be going extinct daily as a result of the lost habitat. Currently 25 percent of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from tropical rainforest ingredients, and 70 percent of the plants with anticancer properties are found only in this shrinking biome.