REVIEW SHEET FOR KLING LECTURES IN GLOBAL CHANGE
The Tropical Rain
Take home message:
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∑ How are the factors of temperature and rainfall in general related to the location of tropical forests around the globe?
∑ How can the most productive forests in the world occur on soils of extremely low fertility?
∑ What makes humid tropical forests so productive?
∑ Why are tropical soils nutrient-poor? What evidence do we have that the forest soils have low fertility? Describe the relationships among the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
∑ What happens to the forestís nutrients when the forest is harvested for timber or the forest is burned for agriculture?
∑ If the humid tropical forests are destroyed, what consequences might will there be?
∑ Why is biological diversity concentrated in the tropics?
∑ What are the ideas about how such great speciation in the tropical forests came about?
∑ How does global climate change drive forest fragmentation and speciation?