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1 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 1 of 21 These icons indicate that teacher’s notes or useful web addresses are available in the Notes Page. This icon indicates the slide contains activities created in Flash. These activities are not editable. For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation. 1 of 21 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 The Amazon Rainforest An example of a large ecosystem (biome).

2 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 2 of 21 Amazing facts!

3 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 3 of 21 River Amazon

4 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 4 of 21 Where is the Amazon? What is the climate of the Amazon? What is the vegetation like in the Amazon? What is an example of a foodchain? How does the nutrient cycle work in the Amazon? Learning objectives

5 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 5 of 21 Where is the Amazon? Amazon

6 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 6 of 21 Where is the Amazon? What is the climate of the Amazon? What is the vegetation like in the Amazon? What is an example of a foodchain? How does the nutrient cycle work in the Amazon? Learning objectives

7 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 7 of 21 Climate graph – the Amazon Describe the Amazon’s pattern of rainfall and temperature..

8 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 8 of 21 Why does it rain so much in the rainforest?

9 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 9 of 21 Convectional rain

10 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 10 of 21 Where is the Amazon? What is the climate of the Amazon? What is the vegetation like in the Amazon? What is an example of a foodchain? How does the nutrient cycle work in the Amazon? Learning objectives

11 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 11 of 21 Plants of the Amazon fungi Kapok tree (emergent) fig tree

12 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 12 of 21 Emergent trees Canopy Small trees Shrubs Undergrowth 50m 0m Layers of the rainforest liana saprophytes buttress roots

13 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 13 of 21 Layers of the rainforest

14 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 14 of 21 Where is the Amazon? What is the climate of the Amazon? What is the vegetation like in the Amazon? What is an example of a foodchain? How does the nutrient cycle work in the Amazon? Learning objectives

15 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 15 of 21 Animals of the Amazon emerald boa jaguar sloth leaf insects

16 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 16 of 21 Simplified food chain in the Amazon

17 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 17 of 21 Where is the Amazon? What is the climate of the Amazon? What is the vegetation like in the Amazon? What is an example of a foodchain? How does the nutrient cycle work in the Amazon? Learning objectives

18 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 18 of 21 The red, tropical soil is naturally infertile. Soil How does so much vegetation grow if the soil is infertile? BUT…

19 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 19 of 21 Nutrient cycle

20 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 20 of 21 So what happens if we cut down the trees? Nutrient cycle

21 © Boardworks Ltd 2005 21 of 21 The broken nutrient cycle


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