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The Amazon rainforest is being
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Scientists find 60 new species
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Facts about The Amazon

A Trip to the Rainforest

Tropical Rainforests

Flying over the Rainforest

Wild Asia


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Leaf Litter

Leaf litter is an important component of healthy soil. Decomposing leaf litter releases nutrients into the soil and also keeps it moist. It also serves as great nesting material, hiding places and protected spots for animals. This dead organic material provides the perfect habitat for a plethora of organisms, including worms, snails, spiders, and microscopic decomposers like fungi and bacteria. For this reason, leaf litter is considered very biodiverse.

"Seasonal Science: What Lurks in the Leaf Litter?" Scientific American, www.scientificamerican.com/article/bring-science-home-leaf-litter-biodiversity/.

Read more - do an experiment to to see the biodiversity levels of leaf litter in your neighborhood and how human activity has impacted these levels.


Tonkin, Rachel. Chough. Print. 2006. Australia. Books Illustrated, www.booksillustrated.com.au/img/le_images/tonkin-Choughs.jpg. Accessed 27 Sept. 2017.