Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rainforests of the World

Rainforest in the Blue Mountains, Australia
Provider of natural resources 
Rainforests are said to be the ecologically most important regions on the map. Home to half of the world's plants and animals, rainforests are a treasure chest of resources for humans. They provide food, clothing, fuel, medicinal herbs and industrial products, to name some. Their abundant renewable natural resources have been serving mankind throughout the ages, with some rainforests dating back hundreds of millions of years.

Facts about rainforests
Rainforests are so dense that sunlight do not penetrate the ground level. Rainforests can receive up to 78mm of rainfall during the rainy season. Peruvian rainforests are said to be more abundant of wildlife than the entire United States. Similarly, there are more species of fish in the Amazon River than in the entire Atlantic Ocean.

Where the rainforests are 
Tropical rainforests are located in South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America, and the Pacific Islands. Temperate rainforests are found in Australia, New Zealand, South America, North America, Europe, and East Asia. Based on the size and pattern of their trees, rainforests are divided into four layers. The emergent or top layer consists of extremely tall trees towering up to 80 meters, making a great home to large birds. Directly below is the canopy level, which is rich in flora and fauna with trees up to 45 meters tall. Next is the understory level where sunlight can penetrate, allowing shrubs and trees known for their large leaves to grow. This level is home to the rainforests' predatory animals. Finally, the lowest rainforest level is where you can find exotic colorful plants, carnivorous plants, crocodiles, snakes, and a whole slew of little critters and small animals.

Evergreen in danger
Extensive deforestation is endangering the existence of these evergreen rainforests. Recent reports say that the number of rainforests have consistently dwindled throughout the years. As a result, hundreds of plants and animals that play a critical role in the world's ecological balance are at risk.

Rainforests of Oz 
While it is hard to find a region on the planet that has not been touched by man, the Australian rainforests remain pristine. As a matter of fact, they have been proclaimed a World Heritage Site. Australia's Tropical North Queensland region is one of the oldest naturally preserved rainforests. It is a popular school trip destination to educate children on natural resources.

The Australian rainforests provides a great experience for those who wish to learn more about the natural wonders of thw world. There are guided tours of the region available for visitors.

Staying Down Under 
Many people who have visited Australia are easily captivated by its natural beauty. As a matter of fact, there have been a surge of people relocating to the region in the recent years. In addition to its rainforests, wildlife, stunning beaches and cascading waterfalls, Australia has plenty of things to offer. It has a mild climate and picturesque landscape, which are the ingredients for a laid-back lifestyle. Australia is also known for its stable economy, low cost of living, employment opportunities, excellent literacy rate and impeccable health care system.

Established professional moving companies are knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to shipping to Australia. Most, if not all, of them can even provide tips on how to transition smoothly into a new life in the Land Down Under. Hiring their services would definitely do a world of good.

International relocation is no easy feat, especially if you plan to haul all your belongings with you. When moving furniture, appliances and even your car from one country to another, ocean shipping is the best most of transportation.

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