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Species Diversity in treetops....

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"Another continent of life awaits discovery, not on the ground, but thirty to sixty meters above." (William Beebe 1979)

While plants and animals are relatively few near the ground, there is a dizzying variety in the treetops. Only here at a height of 30 to 40 meters is there enough light with the energy for a chemical process that represents the basis of all life on earth: photosynthesis. Here, where the plant world can develop in competition for the sunlight, where leaves, blossoms and fruit offer sustenance in abundance, can innumerable butterflies, beetles, monkeys, sloths, parrots, iguanas and snakes. Even frogs, known for their thin skin, dose in the midday sun taken care of by sunscreen.

 

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