By Egbert G. Leigh

The tropical wooded area of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant neighborhood of crops and animals, pulsating with existence and delivering an striking view of nature's myriad strategies. What does the wooded area seem like? How do the actions of this forest's crops and animals create a neighborhood? Now, in A Magic internet, photographer Christian Ziegler and ecologist Egbert Leigh invite readers to go into the fantastic international of Barro Colorado Island. This e-book offers a special mixture of the miraculous images of a picture-book and transparent, authoritative textual content written by means of an lively scientist who has spent part a life-time attempting to comprehend tropical forests. the pictures supply perspectives of the wooded area and its excellent range of population, and convey a number of the actions that provide the wooded area its personality and lend constitution to its neighborhood. Drawing on a long time of labor on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the wooded area works. the pictures and textual content show the various methods its crops and animals compete with but in addition rely on one another: the contrasts among solitary cats and intricately equipped armies of ants; different methods crops fight for a spot within the sunlight, and the methods those vegetation allure, or cultivate, animals to pollinate their flora. ultimately, the authors convey why this, and via implication all different, tropical forests topic to the folk who reside close to them and to the realm at huge, what we will study from those forests, and the way they fluctuate from temperate-zone forests. filled with stunning full-color images followed by way of transparent and obtainable textual content, A Magic internet is a needs to for somebody making plans to go to a tropical woodland, and for all those that merely want they can.

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Pollinators, however, also provide a new way by which a disease can spread from one plant to another. Finally, herbivorous animals provide livings for carnivores adapted to chase or surprise, and to overcome, mobile prey. In sum, organisms usually provide opportunities for other organisms of different kinds: biotic diversity makes possible more biotic diversity. Why Are There So Many More Species in Tropical Than in Temperate-Zone ForeAtA? There are so many more kinds of animals and plants in tropical forests because their warm, wet climate, and the lack of winter, make possible an ample, continuous production of vegetable matter.

Leaves are difficult to digest, allowing only a reptilian rate of metabolism and a low level of activity. OPPOSITE, TOP: Insects are by far the most diverse group of animals. Tens of thousands of insect species live on Barro Colorado. Even after eighty years of research on this island, we cannot be more precise about this number. This shot from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's scientific collection features representative species of important insect groups in Barro Colorado's forest.

OVERLEAF: This enormous flower belongs Aechmea magdalenae, a large ground-liv species of the Bromeliaceae, the pineapp family (fig. 8). 7 Varied seeds and fruits from nearly thirty plant species, collected on Barro Colorado in late April, near the end of the dry season. 9 A red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) resting in a big bromeliad. This gorgeous animal has become a symbol for biodiversity and now serves as ambassador for a whole habitat under threat of disappearance: the rain forests of Central America.

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