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where's a tropical rain forrest?

by Dani_aus Online Now Oct 16, 2003 at 8:12 PM

I live in brisbane, we have some sub-tropical rain forrests that i just love walking through, i have heard there are tropical rain forrests in north queensland, and i would like to go to one to see the difference between sub tropical and tropical,. hope that made sense.... if you know of any close to townsville, could you let me know please :) :) thanks heaps.

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 16, 2003 at 11:09 PM

    Not sure about Townsville - it's pretty dry bush around the city. Ideally if you can, get further north to Cairns.

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 16, 2003 at 11:11 PM

    I just had a look at www.townsvilleonline.com.au and they have rainforest tours listed...

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by Dani_aus Online Now Oct 17, 2003 at 12:45 AM

    thanks

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by australia2 Online Now Oct 18, 2003 at 8:08 AM

    Hi. In my experience the two words just don't go together. Because behind Townsville there is a big gap in the Great Dividing Range the rainfall just doesnt happen to the same degree as further north. You have to go north past Innisfail to get anything worthwhile i think. Re the wind , that's pretty unusual except for the cyclone season which is a fair way off yet, so I don't think you would have much trouble that way. But who knows with weather !! .. L.

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 18, 2003 at 10:31 PM

    Good point. In Australia we tend to use the word 'rainforest' when it's just an area of trees! A true rainforest has a minimum of 100 inches of rain a year. We don't have too many of them.

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by Dani_aus Online Now Oct 18, 2003 at 11:54 PM

    thanks :) i guess i just have to go for a bit of a drive.... better than driving from brisbane :)

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by australia2 Online Now Oct 21, 2003 at 12:36 AM

    Yes. North Queensland has been wanting to secede from the South for a long time - it's got most of the money making resources. Townsville is the Capital of the North. Coming up from Melbourne to Townsville or Cairns, at Brisbane you are about half of the total distance! It's a big state.....L.

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by 1+1 Online Now Oct 22, 2003 at 5:28 AM

    Colin, where on earth did you get that rather narrow definition from? And such a convenient figure "100". Nature must be wonderfully mathematical. ;-)

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 22, 2003 at 11:05 PM

    1+1, if you check it in reference books, you'll find that's the official definition of a rainforest. Webster's Dictionary for example: *A dense, usually tropical evergreen forest having an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.*

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by 1+1 Online Now Oct 23, 2003 at 5:56 AM

    To be realistic, Colin, Webster’s isn’t considered a “reference” in botany or ecology, let alone to be the source of “official definitions” in those fields. A dictionary contains common public perceptions of word meanings and usage, Webster’s for the USA, not Australia. I only go by Macquarie’s for common usage. But on the issue of “rainforests” there are a number of definitions, just as there are a number of types of rainforest.

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 23, 2003 at 11:21 PM

    That was just one reference. The Rainforest Action Network defines it as receiving more than 4 metres of rain a year. It has to get a lot of rain, otherwise it can't be a *rain*forest. Without the large rainfall it's just a forest. That was my point - we have lots of forest in Oz, but not much of it is *rain*forest.

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    Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by colin_bramso Online Now Oct 23, 2003 at 11:56 PM

    JJ, you're a poet :-) Beautifully said.

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    Re: Re: where's a tropical rain forrest?

    by 1+1 Online Now Oct 28, 2003 at 4:29 AM

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