The trees in the Amazon amaze many people. This is mostly because of their height; some can grow up to 200 feet tall! There are 10000 species of trees in the Amazon, but most of them are evergreens.
The animals that live in the Amazon highly depend on trees for their homes. The trees provide them shelter and food. Shelter comes from the high, broad branches, and food comes from the flowers and leaves that grow up the trees.
This is a picture of some of the trees from canoe view. The river goes through the forest several times on its journey.
There are four different layers of the Rainforest. The forest floor, the under story, the canopy, and the emergent layer.
The forest floor- the forest floor is the bottom of the Rainforest or the ground. The animals that live on the forest floor are all of the animals that can't fly.
The under story- the under story is the level right above the forest floor. The animals that live in the under story are most of the insects, such as the leaf-cutter ant, the leaf-mimicking katydid, and the blue morpho butterfly.
The canopy- the canopy is probably the most known of the layers. It is the second highest layer. The animals that live in the canopy include monkeys and snakes.
The emergent layer- the emergent layer is the very top layer. If you were to sit on top of it, you would be able to see across the Rainforest for miles. The animals that live in the emergent layer consist of mostly birds.
All trees are beautiful, and are also useful. Their roots keep the soil in place so that wind and rain can't wash it away.
Different kinds of trees bear flowers and fruit at various times of the year. Some short trees bear fruit on the trunk or on large low branches. Most trees in the forest lose old leaves and grow new ones throughout the year. These leaves are always green, since the rainfall in the Amazon is frequent.
Every hour, 500,000 trees are cut down due to huge mining, ranching, and timber industries.
We need to save Amazonia before it's too late!
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