Thursday, June 18, 2009

Daintry rainforest: explore the most complex ecosystem on earth

The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest near Daintree, Queensland. It is on the coast north of Cairns in tropical far north of Australia. It’s total area almost 1200 square kilometers from the Daintree River north to Cooktown and west to the Great Divide, representing the single largest block of tropical rainforest in Australia.
The Daintree is the largest continuous area of rainforest on the Australian mainland. It was named by Richard Daintree. Daintree National Park protects a major part of the forest. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 20% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. All of this diversity is contained within an area that takes up 0.2% of the landmass of Australia.
Daintry rainforest’s ecosystem known as the most complex ecosystem of the world. Its plant diversity and structural complexity is unrivalled on the Australian continent and represents the origins of our more familiar 'Australian' flora.
The Daintree Rainforest's addition to the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values highlighted the rainforest.
The Daintree is an outstanding example of the major stages in the earth's evolutionary history, an example of significant ongoing ecological and biological processes, and an example of superlative natural phenomena. It contains important and significant habitats for conservation of biological diversity. The Daintree Rainforest is over one hundred and thirty-five million years old – the oldest in the world.
Besides all the scientific interest within this Daintree region there are many natural and often unique features to be explored. The landscape is one of striking diversity including magnificent scenery, mountain ranges, fast flowing streams and waterfalls, deep gorges and dense rainforest.
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