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1 Did you know that tropical rainforests occupy only 6 to 7 percent of Earth's surface? Learn more about rainforests on the World Book Web. Go to Click on Student MY RESEARCH ACCOUNT: Click on My Research under RESEARCH TOOLS Login or create your My Research account Create a new project called Rainforests SEARCH BOX using the search box will help you find if there is more than one article on rainforests. Type rainforests in the Search box and click SEARCH Save to your Rainforests project the articles listed below by clicking Encyclopedia Articles: next to each article. 1. Rainforest 2. Amazon rain forest 3. Daintree rain forest Maps: Tick and Click 1. Rain forests of the world 2. Amazon rain forest 3. Daintree rain forest 4. Biomes of the world Tables: Save Major land biomes. Sounds: Save Tropical rain forest sounds. Images: Tick Check All to save all images and click 1

2 Videos and Animations: Tick Check All to save all 3 videos and click 1. Orangutan 2. Baboon in the forest 3. Orangutan swinging in trees Special Reports: Save In the Treetops: Life in the Rain Forest Canopy Websites: Save 1. Journey into Amazonia 2. Rainforest Alliance Resources Guides: Click on Rain forest where you will find links to World Book articles on Rain forest animals, Rain forest plants, Rain forest peoples, plus a collection of images and videos. Scroll down to Selected Media click on the picture of the parrot You will find the Animals of tropical forests video. Click on Tools and Setting Click Save and under Save to My Research select Rainforests. TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON RAINFORESTS: Watch the video Animals of tropical forests 1. Where are tropical forests found? Click on to return to the STUDENT home page. Click on the MY RESEARCH under Research Tools. In your Rainforests project click on the Rain forest encyclopedia article to find the answers to the following questions. 2. Almost all rainforests lie at or near an imaginary line that divides the earth into two equal parts. What is this imaginary line called? 3. Approximately what percentage of the Earth s surface is covered by tropical rainforests? 2

3 Scroll down to section Characteristics of rain forests/structure and growth and answer the questions below. 4. What are the four main layers the rainforest? In the layers of the rainforest what are the tallest trees called? 6. What are the vines called that often climb on or around the trunks and branches of rainforest trees? Scroll down to section Plants and animals and answer the question below. 7. Approximately what percentage of the world's plant species is found in tropical rainforests? Scroll down to section Rain forest around the world/the Americas and answer the question below. 8. About half of the world's rainforests grow in the American tropics. Where is the world s largest rainforest, covering about 5.2 million square kilometres? Scroll down to section Asia and answer the question below. 9. What is the name of the world's largest flower found in the rainforests in Southeast Asia? Scroll down to section Africa and answer the question below. 10. Rainforests in South America and Asia have more plant species than African rainforests. True or False? Scroll down to section Australia and Pacific Islands and answer the question below. 11. Where are Australia s tropical rainforests located? Scroll down to section The value of rain forests and answer the question below. 12. What are the four major ways rainforests benefit people?

4 Scroll down to section The future of rain forests and answer the question below. 13. Approximately how many rainforest species become extinct every year due to deforestation? Scroll down to section Causes of deforestation and answer the question below. 14. List three reasons for damage or destruction of rainforests. Scroll down to section Saving rain forests and answer the question below. 15. List three ways governments and organisations are working to conserve rainforests Click on the Related Information tab and click on Magazine articles. You will find a list of EBSCO magazine articles. - This article discusses the authors' research involved in the 50th anniversary census of a rainforest dynamics project in Queensland, Australia. Scroll down to the magazine article Under the Lunch Tree to find the answer to the question below. 16. Find the picture of the Southern cassowary. What is the cassowary eating? 4

5 ANSWERS: 1. The equator 2. Asia, Australia, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands to 7 percent The canopy 2. The sub-canopy 3. The understorey 4. The floor 5. Emergents 6. Lianas 7. About 45 percent 8. Amazon River basin. 9. Rafflesia 10. True 11. Northeast Australia Economic value 2. Scientific value 3. Environmental value 4. Recreational value 13. About 7,500 species per year. 14. Commercial logging; Expansion of agriculture; Mining projects; Construction of hydroelectric dams; Government resettlement. 15. Establishing protected areas. Promoting intelligent management of rain forests. Increasing public awareness about the importance of the forests. 16. Blue quandong fruit 5

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