Human Impact Farmers that live in tropical areas clear the land to farm and to sell the valuable wood. After a few years, the crops use up the nutrients in the soil, and the farmers must clear more land. As a result, tropical rain forest habitats are being destroyed. Through education, people are realizing the value and potential value of preserving the species of the rain forest. In some areas, logging is prohibited. In other areas, farmers are taught new methods of farming so they do not have to clear rain forest lands continually.

Figure 12 Tropical rain forests contain abundant and diverse organisms.

Emergents These giant trees are much higher than the average canopy tree. Birds, such as the macaw, and insects are found here.

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