The Biophysical Environment Of The Ecosystem

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A tropical rainforest is an ecosystem type which occurs roughly within the latitudes 28 degrees north and south of the equator. The forests are dominated by tall, closely spread trees, with a predominately continuous canopy. This ecosystem experiences high average temperatures and a significant amount of rainfall during the year. Elements of the biophysical environment of the biome and their interaction with each other Ecosystems develop in response to the interactions between biotic and abiotic components. Certain conditions in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere must occur for the formation of tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforest have lots of rain because it is very hot and wet due to its location along the equator. That means that there is more direct solar radiation hitting the land and sea there than anywhere else. They release moisture into the atmosphere which returns to the ground as rain. It rains more than ninety days a year in tropical rainforests and the strong sun usually shines between the storms. The water cycle repeats often along the equator. The main plants in this biome are trees. Tropical rainforests store water like a huge sponge. In fact, it’s believed that the Amazonian forests alone store over half of earth’s rainwater a lot of the rain that falls on the rain forest never reaches the ground. It stays within the trees because the leaves act as a shield, and some rain never gets past the trees to the smaller plants and grounds below. Surprisingly, soil in rainforests is very poor in nutrients. This is because the nutrients are stored in the vast numbers of trees and plants rather than in the soil. Tree roots bind the soil together, while the canopy protects the soil from heavy rains. W... ... middle of paper ... ... on tropical rainforests may include: educating the general public and future generations about human impact on tropical rainforests and how they can help to save them, Restoring damaged ecosystems by planting trees on land where forests have been cut down, Encouraging people to live in a way that doesn't hurt the environment, Establishing parks to protect rainforests and wildlife and Supporting companies that operate in ways that minimize damage to the environment. Small, simple actions may involve following the famous environmental slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, Eating organic foods, purchasing products that use "CERTIFIED" wood (wood that was legally cut down), Wearing jewellery that has not been mined (such as glass), turning of any electrical appliances, reducing water usage and using a reusable canvas bag instead of taking the plastic bags at the store.
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