NEWS AND NOTES SATELLITES REVEAL TRUE COLOR raphy and environment at Boston The researchers report that the OF EVERGREEN RAIN FORESTS University, the lead author of this rain forests sprout new leaves in NASA satellites reveal that Ama- study. "This has very important anticipation of the coming dry zon forests are neither evergreen consequences for weather, atmo- season. The greener forests capture nor dependent on constant rain, spheric carbon, water, and nutrient more sunlight, absorb more carbon and are capable of manufacturing cycling, given that leaves are the dioxide, and evaporate more water thei r seasons, according to re- air purifiers and food factories of during the dry season compared to our planet." search appearing in the 20 March the wet season, according to their issue of the Proceedings of the Na- The Amazon rain forest covers report. By gradually humidifying tional Academy of Sciences. an area equivalent to more than the atmosphere, the forests play half o f the continental United States an integral role in the onset of the Researchers reported a 25% in- crease in the amount of green leaf and is home to more than one-third wet season, scientists observed. of all living species on
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2007
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