FOR201H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Tropical And Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests, Tropical Rainforest
Chapter 1 - tropical rainforests, myths and inspirations: Many myths still color the feelings and judgements of objectively minded scientists. A rainforest: is a dense forest that is rich in biodiversity, found typically in tropical regions with high rainfall. A tropical rainforest or tropical moist forest: includes more seasonal formations. Tropical rainforest definitions are based on climate and potential vegetation, as well as the actual forms of vegetation present. Wet - receive over 1500 mm of rain every year with no pronounced cold or dry spells. Rainforest type formations can develop with less rain, as plants access groundwater reserves through a fog or other means. Closed forests can form in lowland tropics with 800 mm of rain annually. Any physiologically relevant definition must address overall water balance and seasonality.