Australia has many breath-taking rainforests despite being one of the harshest and driest continents. Rainforests now cover less than 6% of the Earth’s surface, scientist estimate that more than 50% of all the known plants and animal species live in rainforests. Rainforests also produce 40% of the Earth’s oxygen and play an important role in the ecosystems. Australia has approximately 4.2 million hectares (o.5% of Australia’s landmass) of lush rainforests. The rainforests are distributed evenly, extending from the Kimberley region in Western Australia, across the Northern Territory to Cape York (Queensland) and running down the east coast through New South Wales, Victoria and finally to ...view middle of the document...
We also require the trees to cleanse our atmosphere; deforestation is responsible for 18-25% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Most of our food source comes from the Rainforests and 1 out of every 4 medical remedies contain plants from the Rainforests.
A Rainforest Food Chain:
Banana Tree Bamboo Coconut Tree
Choose any 3 living things for the ecosystems and describe the physical feature of their habitat:
Black-necked Storks inhabit a variety of natural and artificial wetland. They tend to use freshwater, natural wetland habitats that include lakes, ponds, flooded grasslands and swamps. During breeding seasons, their nests are placed high above on trees. The Estuarine Crocodile is also found in warm Australian waters. They are restricted to northern parts. Near there hunting areas they disguise themselves as motionless rocks within the reach of a nearby prey drinking from the lakes. The lakes are also close to thick trees so that prey feels safe and the crocodile is disguised even further. Fruit Bats tend to live in areas that offer them plenty of food. They live in thick forest regions with abundant fruit trees. They may have to travel for long distances during certain times of the year in order to find food. They will make the journey back to their...