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Generally, near the equator, in the evening, heavy storms accompanied by large amounts of rain fall every day. The temperature is rather high, without great variations during the year, and is accompanied by a remarkable humidity in the air. Thanks to this climate the trees find the ideal conditions for their development: consequently in the equatorial regions enormous tropical forests extend across the land. In a tropical rain forest we find the largest variety of plants and animals to be found in nature. Many leaves have a shape that suited to allow excess water to be channelled and drip away, while dozens of metres above the ground, the leaves of the taller trees join to form a green roof that is pierced only by trees that are as tall as twenty storey buildings. This green roof does not let much light pass, and there are plants that, in order to capture the light, grow on the trunk or on the branches of the taller plants. Here animals feed on nectar, fruit, seeds and leaves.

subjects dealt with in Rain Forest

Rain Forest Biome

All tropical or rain forests were originally woods located between the Tropic of the Cancer (23° and 27' N) and…

Man and rain forest

Approximately 10% of today's drugs derive from tropical medicinal plants, including quinine, curare and a number of steroids. Three thousand…

Deforestation

According to FAO the definition of deforestation is closely related to the definition of forest. Infact, a forest is determined…

Forest and biodiversity

Worst problem of the degradation of the earth certainly is the decrease in biodiversity, i.e. the disappearance of thousands of…

special reports

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    The universe of Primo Levi

    “You who live safe In your warm homes, You who find, returning home in the evening Hot food and friendly…

    22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

    6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

  • 6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

    22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

    10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 29 May 2017 / Ecosystems

    The universe of Primo Levi

    “You who live safe In your warm homes, You who find, returning home in the evening Hot food and friendly…

    22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

  • 6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

    6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

  • 22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

    10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 29 May 2017 / Ecosystems

    The universe of Primo Levi

    “You who live safe In your warm homes, You who find, returning home in the evening Hot food and friendly…

  • 22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

  • 6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

  • 6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

  • 22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

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