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Rain forest_Comic by chenshu

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									   What is the Rain forest?
    Why is it so valuable?
     Why is it in trouble?
How can we save the rain forests?
       By Claire Galea
                   WHAT IS A RAIN FOREST?
   On the outside, a rain forest has a wall averaging 20 feet thick
 that is made of a tangle of vines that love light. This wall seals off
the interior creating the illusion that the whole jungle is this thick.
  But if you find an animal path or stream to follow, you can slip
              through and enter this mysterious world.
Once you're inside, you can look up and see a tree canopy that's as
high as a 17 story building! And it's pretty dark too, a perpetual
twilight. Only 1% of the sunlight ever actually touches the floor of
the forest. And moonlight, even a full moon, doesn't get through
at all. You'd better have a flashlight with you if you plan on
reading any comics.
Rain forests have different layers that support different animals and
insects. Some plants and animals occupy specific layers, while
others live and feed wherever they can.
           DWARF
           CAIMAN




CAPYBARA   MACAWS
ZOG-ZOG




          PECCARY
                 Why is the Rain Forest so Valuable?
•Fifty percent of the medicines used in the world every day come from
rain forest plants. And 25% of all prescription drugs have their origins
there too.
•The corn plant originally came from Mexico and South American rain
forests.
•Rice has its origins in Asian rain forests.
•Orange juice, tea, eggs, and bananas all originated from plants and
animals of Asian rain forests.
•Over 50% of the fruits you eat regularly originally came from tropical
rain forests.
Sugar originated in the rain forests of India, while pineapple from
Venezuelan rain forests. Cocoa and chocolate both originated in Central
and South American rain forests. And coffee's origins can be traced to an
Ethiopian rain forest.
                 The Rain Forest is in Trouble:
       In addition to being one of our most precious natural
        resources, tropical rain forests are among the most
      endangered habitats on earth. It is vital that everyone
    understands how important forests are. If we destroy them,
      we are in danger of causing great havoc on the planet.
               Causes of Deforestation:
              * clearance for roads and railways
              * forest fires
              * mining and drilling for fuel wood
              * international timber trade
              * collection and clearance for living space
      Humans already have destroyed half of the rain forest area, with
             most damage occurring in the last 200 years.
                    WATCH OUT FOR OUR EARTTH
      WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST:
•Write letters to your senators and representatives to let them know
that you are concerned about rain forest destruction. Ask that they
support programs that help protect tropical areas throughout the
world.




•Make personal contact with people in tropical countries to better
understand what their life is like. Become a pen pal, or make a visit!
                   WATCH OUT FOR OUR EARTTH
  MORE WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST:
• Raise money to support programs that help protect the world's
rain forests. Organize a fund-raising party with tropical food and
music. Plant trees in your own community to remind people of
tropical forest destruction.




•Go in with some friends and buy an acre of rain forest. The
Nature Conservancy's "Adopt-an-Acre Program" lets you
purchase the protection of an acre of rain forest in a specific
nature preserve.
                  WATCH OUT FOR OUR EARTTH
 MORE WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP TO SAVE THE RAIN FOREST:
•Buying rain forest foods gives people living in rain forests a
reason to keep forests intact, instead of cutting them down to
raise other foods, like grains or cattle.


•Turn off the lights or TV when you leave a room
•Recycle: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metals--everything
you can!




* Walk or ride your bike instead of driving.

								
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