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Origin of rainforest
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Example sentences from the Web for rainforest
He could be remade into a defender of the environment, a preserver of habitats and champion of rainforest ecology.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of their more memorable ones supported the Rainforest Action Network in 1988 at Madison Square Garden.How the Grateful Dead Invented the Ice Bucket Challenge|Barry Barnes|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To make room for these plantations, vast areas of rainforest are felled, which leads to primary and secondary loss of species.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees|Carrie Arnold|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss saw the Amazon rainforest, as he saw most things, as a complex structure.
In the Amazon rainforest, lemon ants are said to have a tangy flavor.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects|Nina Strochlic|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A town and railroad junction in the middle of the isthmus; rainforest .
Characteristically this species inhabits savannas and open forest; thus, its occurrence in the rainforest at Toocog is surprising.
In the rainforest the terrestrial-breeding amphibians are active during the dry season.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for rainforest
Scientific definitions for rainforest
A Closer Look
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.