25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’ve Never Heard

May 29, 2014

Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.

1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.

2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).

3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.

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Lake Kaindy: Kazakhstan’s Submerged Forest

February 11, 2014

In Lake Kaindy, trees poke from the water’s surface like misplaced toothpicks, presenting an intriguing portrait for visitors and tourists. This incredible sunken forest was created in 1911 as a byproduct of the 7.7 magnitude Kebin earthquake. The earthquake, which destroyed more than 700 buildings, triggered a massive limestone landslide that formed a natural dam. Over time, rainfall and water flowed into the area, covering the trees that grew there.

Aerial View of the Lake

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The Eagle Owl, Superstition’s Scapegoat

February 4, 2013
Bengal Owl Mantling

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Found in the trees in South Asia, the Eagle Owl is the unfortunate victim of human superstition. Given its large, eerie red eyes and its low, ominous call, the eagle owl is thought to bring death and ill omens wherever it is found. As a result, many rituals have been recorded that include starving, killing and beating the bird whenever it draws close to a village.

Australia’s Fairy Tale Floating Forest

January 28, 2013

This isn’t your average forest. What once was a 20th century shipwreck of the SS Ayrfield has eventually turned into a floating forest of sorts, thus showing that not even death is permanent.

Five Amazing Sunken Forests

January 24, 2013

Submerged and sunken forests are a haunting natural occurrence of ages-old trees whose remains are usually buried for thousands of years before being uncovered by changes in sea level and/or erosion. Here are five of the most amazing examples of sunken forests in the world:

Amazing Sunken Forests Lake Kaindy

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Amazing Sunken Forests: Lake Kaindy

Lake Kaindy

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Lake Kaindy is a lake in Kazakhstan located 2000 meters above sea level and measuring in at an impressive 400 meters long. It was created after an earthquake in 1911, when a large landslide blocked a gorge and formed a natural dam where rainwater filled the valley. And thanks to the lake’s frigid waters, the submerged forest in its midst is replete with great pines that thrive to this very day.

Sunken Forests Lake Kaindy

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Bulgaria’s Radiant Rhodope Mountains

December 29, 2012

Rhodope Mountains Bulgaria

Home to Karst caves and medieval castles alike, Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains are truly a sight to behold. While Rhodope translates roughly as “rusty river,” there is nothing beaten down about its timeless beauty.