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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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FIGURE 7.12 Jungle vegetation along the Rio Madre de Dios in Peru, a tributary to the Amazon River.

Why is the vegetation so dense here, when it is more open inside the forest at ground level?

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The reason why vegetation is so dense in the accompanying photo, when it is more open inside the forest at ground level.

Explanation

The accompanying photo shows the jungle vegetation along the Rio Madre de Dios in Peru, a tributary to the Amazon River. A jungle is a thick mesh of vine plants and smaller trees that grows where direct sunlight reaches the forest floor, such as forest clearings and along rivers.

A rainforest has dense broad-leaf evergreen vegetation with several overlapping tree canopies that prevents sunlight from reaching the ground. The forest floor is dark and vegetation is scarce. A jungle has thick tangled vegetation at the ground level and exists where the sunlight can reach the surface...

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