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The Majesty of Trees Calendars
The Majesty of Trees Calendars

Trees Calendars
Trees Calendars

Treehouses of the World Calendars
Treehouses of the World Calendars

Rain Forest Animals Bulletin Board Set
Rain Forest Animals Bulletin Board Set


Remarkable Trees of the World
Remarkable Trees
of the World

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees
The Illustrated Encyclopedia
of Trees

Tree Houses You Can Actually Build
Tree Houses You Can Actually Build

One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest
One Day in the
Tropical Rain Forest

A Forest Journey
A Forest Journey:
The Role of Wood
in the Development
of Civilization

Trees: Their Natural History
Trees: Their
Natural History

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Rainforest Educational Posters & Charts
for science, social studies, and geography educators and home schoolers.

science > botany > trees & forests > RAINFORESTS < ecology < geography < social studies

Rainforests, areas with a high density of trees and high annual rainfall, are considered of vital importance to the Earth's climate system and are home to a vibrant biodiversity.

The largest tropical rainforests are in the Amazon Basin of South America, Nicaragua in Central America, equatorial Africa, southeastern Asia, and northeastern Australia.

Temperate rainforests are found from southeastern Alaska, through British Columbia to Northern California on the Pacific coast, the western Caucasus Mountains and parts of the Balkans.

Amazonia, A World Resource at Risk Map 1992, Giclee Print
Amazonia, A World Resource at Risk Map 1992,
Giclee Print

(poster text) The Amazon basin houses a gigantic ecological machine of global importance being cannibalized for its parts. The human exploitation of Amazonia bears upon the food we eat, the medicine we take, the wood we use, and the temperature outside our doors.

The Basin sprawls over parts of seven countries and embraces a variety of terrains dominated by the world's largest tropical rain forest. Solar radiation and water drive this ecosystem in an endless cycle: Ocean evaporation falls as rain, which returns to the sea or rises, by transpiration from vegetation, back to the atmosphere. On a larger scale, hot tropical air rises along the equatorial belt and spreads toward the Poles, as cold polar air sinks and moves toward the Equator. The earth's rotation deflects this north-south movement, creating trade winds that meet in the intertropical convergence zone. The northeast trade winds transport dust from deserts in Africa, enriching thin rain forest soil an ocean away.

Healthy, the forest is an efficient absorber of carbon dioxide. Yet in the dry season the air often reeks from fires set by homesteaders, cattle ranchers, and others to clear the land. The cutting and burning of trees releases huge amounts of carbon dioxide, helping trap heat, which many sicientists believe is warming the earth through the greenhouse effect. Areas designated deforested are not barren, but remaining patches of trees are often too small to sustain a true rain forest ecosystem. Other lands are lost to mining or covered by water that backs up behind hydroelectric dams. Sanctuaries for Amazonia's wildlife and native peoples are routinely violated, leading to murderous encounters. Some Indian groups hae perished, others are threatened.

Conservationists hope that the stewards of Amazonia may yet head the spirit of naturalist Aldo Leopold: “Harmony with the land is like harmony with a friend” he wrote. “You cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.”

Rainforests Poster Chart
Poster Chart


Poster Text: Rainforests are the richest environments on Earth and the most ancient ecosystem, they serve as the “gene pool” for the world. One-fifth of all birds and plants evolved in the Amazon basin. An estimated 50 percent of all plants and animal species live in tropical rainforests.

Two-third of all flowering plants are found in the world's tropical rainforests.
A quarter of all the medicines we use come from the rainforest plants.
Rainforest play major role in regulating our atmosphere. Vast amounts of carbon dioxide, a pollutant that contributes to the greenhouse effect, are absorbed during photosynthesis and stored as carbon in the tree's tissues.

Art Print

Sequoia sempervirens are native to the consistently year round damp environment of heavy seasonal rains, cool air and fog of coastal California and the southwestern corner of Oregon in the United States.

These sequoia are evergreen, monoecious trees living up to 2,200 years; the species include the tallest trees on Earth (up to 115.5 m or 379.1 ft) in height and 8 m (26 ft) diameter at breast height. They are the sole living species of the genus Sequoia in the cypress family Cupressaceae.

Rainforest: Ancient Realm of the Pacific Northwest

Tropical Rain Forest Poster
Tropical Rain Forest Poster

Tropical Rain Forest

La Foresta Tropicale
La Foret Tropicale
Der Tropenwald
Bosque Tropical

Ecology & Environment posters

Tropical Rainforest Biome Poster
Tropical Rainforest
Biome Poster

Tropical Rainforest Biome
Poster Text: The tropical rainforest is found near the equator. Therefore, it receives the most sunlight and rainfall of any terrestrial biomes. The world's largest tropical rainforests are in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
This hot moist biome is home to 15 million species of plants and animals – more than in any other biome. The rainforest hosts thousands of species of trees, plants and flowers. Tropical rainforests receive about 12 hours of sunlight daily yet less than 2 percent of that sunlight reaches the ground. The soil is always shaded and little vegetation survives at ground level. The dense vegetation is often forms three different layers – the canopy (created by the tall trees), the understory, and the ground layer.
With constant warmth, near constant water supply and the wide variety of food, an incredibly diverse animal population inhabits the rainforest. Small mammals, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, invertebrates and microorganisms are common. Many of these animals and insects use the tall trees and understory for shelter, as hiding places from predators, and as a source of food. The highly competitive and diverse environment has pushed animals to develop strong defenses and camouflage.

• more biomes posters

Tropical North Queensland, Australia, Giclee Print
Tropical North Queensland, Australia,
Giclee Print

Tropical North Queensland Australia

• more Australia posters

The Yanomami Rainforest, Poster
The Yanomami Rainforest, Poster

Rainforest of the Yanomami

The Yanomami live in the Amazon rainforest, among the hills along the border between Brazil and Venezuela.

The Yanomami are dependent upon the forest: they fish, hunt, gather fruit, and practice “slash-and-burn” horticulture, which require them to move frequently to avoid overusing an area.

• more Native Americans posters

Rainforest of the World Card Game.
Rainforest of the World Card Game

Learn about the exotic creatures that call a rainforest home as well as the unusual vegetation. Excellent for car travel; Printed on heavy, high quality card stock; 30 large illustrated cards and special 3 numbered dice; for 2 to 8 players.

Ocelot (Felis / Leopardus Pardalis) Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador, Photographic Print
Ocelot (Felis / Leopardus Pardalis) Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador,
Photographic Print

The ocelot, Leopardus Pardalis, a small wild cat living in the South and Central American rainforests, and Mexican rainforests, has also been seen in Texas and in Trinidad. The ocelot was held sacred by the Moche civilization of Northern Peru (100 AD to 800 AD), and the artist Salvador Dali kept an ocelot as a pet.

Tikal Pyramid Ruins and Rainforest at Dawn, Maya, Guatemala, Photographic Print
Tikal Pyramid Ruins and Rainforest at Dawn, Maya, Guatemala,
Photographic Print

Tikal, in the tropical rainforests of present day northern Guatamala, was one of the major urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

Its monumental architecture dates back as far as the 4th century BC, and reached its highest achievement during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD.

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