Unlike any other place on earth, a tropical rainforest is teaming with life - the sights and sounds are wondrous. Untold species of plants and animals await.
The plants of the rainforests provide a large part of the earth's oxygen supply, breaking down carbon dioxide to do so. Destruction of rainforests could mean increased global climate change and worsening pollution. Destruction of rainforests has already disrupted normal rain patterns in some places, such as sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in drought and famine.
There are plants and animals in the rainforest that produce biologically active chemicals that may hold promise as medicines of the future. Frogs produce chemicals, for example, that help protect their delicate skin from infection - some of these may be our future antibiotics. There are undoubtedly more medicines yet to be discovered in the rainforest. Extinction of species threatens our very existence.
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This site is not meant to be a comprehensive review of all things having to do with all the tropical rainforests of the world. It is meant to provide a little background and to stimulate further research and further thinking. I have had the good fortune to have traveled to a number of different rainforests, and enjoy sharing those experiences.
I am in the process of updating this site, including the addition of a section on tropical diseases, complete with archival photos from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP). Please feel free to send me thoughts and comments, information about any missing links or other suggestions. I am very grateful to the tens of thousands of viewers that visit these pages each month!- sb