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• The Pacific rainforest begins at Prince William Sound in Alaska and extends down the British Columbia Coast, through Washington, Oregon, and into Northern California. Southeast Alaska is home to Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the U.S., most of which is a rainforest. The western side of Olympic National Park, located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, has two rainforests, each receiving annual rainfall of about 150 inches, the second wettest area in the U.S. Only the Hawaiian island of Kauai gets more rain. • While palm and nut trees dominate a tropical rainforest, the temperate Pacific rainforest is dominated by coniferous trees, such as spruce, hemlock, Douglas fir, cedar, pine, maple, and sequoia. The bark of many trees is covered with moss. Lush ferns, moss, and mushrooms thrive in the Pacific rainforest, along with flowering shrubs and berries. • Tropical rainforests have a warm, wet climate with no dry season. Located within 10 degrees of the equator, the average annual rainfall is at least 66 inches, but can surpass 390 inches. They have an average daytime temperature of 86 degrees. • The top of the rainforest is called the canopy, consisting of vines and the tops of trees. It can reach a height of up to 160 feet. Below the canopy is the understory, comprised of ferns, flowers, dead leaves, vines, and tree trunks. The canopy is often so thick that it can take 10 minutes for a falling raindrop to reach the floor. • The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, crossing eight South American countries. Covering 1.4 billion acres (2,123,562 sq. miles), if it were a country, the Amazon would the ninth largest in the world.

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• Sixty-four percent of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, but it spreads across eight countries, including Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia. More than 20 million people live in the Brazilian portion of the rain forest. • There are nearly 400 billion trees in the Amazon, divided into 16,000 different species. Palm tree species are the most common. • Twenty percent of all bird species live in the Amazon rainforest, along with 2.5 million different insect species, 2,000 unique species of butterflies, and 40,000 different types of plants. This rain forest contains 10% of the world’s known species. • Eighteen percent of the world’s total of tropical rainforests are found in Africa. The Democratic Republic of Congo has the second largest in the world. • The rainforests of Australia are lush with 2,800 different plant species, including leafy ferns and luxurious orchids. Eighty percent of the flowers are not found anywhere else in the world. Some of the trees are 2,000 years old, towering to heights of nearly 200 feet. Sixty percent of this continent’s butterflies live in the rainforests there. • There’s a vast difference in the animal life between temperate and tropical rainforests. The Pacific temperate rainforest is home to bobcats, lynx, coyotes, voles, spotted owls, foxes, deer, and the largest remaining wild herd of Roosevelt elk. Contrast this with the tropical rainforest animal list that includes jaguars, tigers, monkeys, sloths, orangutans, poison dart frogs, and a huge variety of snakes. Many animals remain in the rainforest’s canopy and very rarely come down to the ground.

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• Plants and animals aren’t the only living things in the rainforests. Brazil is home to nearly 70 tribes who live in the rainforest with no contact with the outside world. About 250,000 indigenous peoples live in the Amazon rainforest. The island of New Guinea has over 40 uncontacted tribal groups. New Guinea’s Korowai tribe lives in tree houses nearly 150 feet above ground. • Although the words rainforest and jungle are sometimes thought to be the same thing, there are many differences. Rainforests have thick canopies of tall trees that block out the light, while jungles let light in, contributing to abundant plant life that frequently makes it difficult to navigate through the vegetation. The lack of sun in a rainforest keeps vegetation from springing up on the floor. The floor of a rainforest is wet and soft, while the jungle floor is hard. Rainforests are constantly wet, while jungles are in dry areas. Jungles are frequently found surrounding rainforests. • Rainforest plants are vital not only to those living there, but to the entire world! Twenty-five percent of the ingredients in our medicines come from these plants. There are more than 2,000 tropical forest plants that have been identified as having anti-cancer properties. Seventy percent of cancer-treating drugs can only be found in rainforests. Other plants contain elements that treat inflammation, diabetes, malaria, heart and skin conditions, arthritis, glaucoma, and muscle tension. The bark of the Tabebuia tree, found in Central and South American rainforests, produces an extract that is brewed into a tea called lapacho. It’s been known to help with infections, allergies, diabetes, asthma, and bronchitis, as well as helping alleviate side effects of chemotherapy. Although the potential for further use in medicines has been proven, just 1% of rainforest plants have been assessed for those medicinal properties.


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• Roald seemed destined for a life at sea, having been born into a family of Norwegian ship owners and ship captains. But his mother’s dream for him was to become a doctor. Although his life’s desire was to • Amundsen was planning an expedition to the North Pole when he learned that Robert Peary had claimed to have travel and explore the world, he complied with her already reached the Pole. Amundsen quickly altered his wishes and entered the university. However, upon plans, aiming for the South Pole, keeping his mission a her death when Roald was 21, he quickly quit his secret, because British explorer Robert Scott also had studies and pursued his dream. plans to conquer the South Pole. Amundsen set out with • In 1897, at 25, Roald joined an Antarctic expedia crew of four men, 52 dogs, and four sleds, arriving tion as the ship’s first mate. His goal was to gain in Antarctica in January, 1911. They spent the next 10 valuable experience in preparation for his skipper’s months preparing for the trip to the Pole, fattening up license and his own future voyages. This expedition the dogs and redesigning the sleds. The team departed became the first to survive the winter in Antarctica, camp for the Pole in October and arrived almost two with the ship frozen firmly in 7 feet of ice. The ship months later, a full 35 days before the competing expewas poorly prepared, and as scurvy began to set in, dition, planting the Norwegian flag firmly at the site. the men’s health suffered greatly. The ingenuity of

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an American doctor on board saved them, as he or- • Although Scott’s expedition arrived at the Pole in January, he and his crew did not return safely, and tragically, ganized hunting parties for penguin and seal meat. they were found frozen to death months later. It seems that fresh seal meat contained Vitamin C, which • Amundsen made history again in 1926 when he was was vital in the cure of scurpart of an Italian air crew that made the first North Pole vy. After 13 months of being crossing in an airship, giving Amundsen the honor of locked in ice, the ship was able being the first to reach both the North and South Poles. to break free and head for open And since the claims of explorer Robert Peary were dissea. puted, Amundsen may well have been the first to reach the North Pole as well. • During that first expedition, Amundsen discovered that coats made of animal skins were much better • In 1928, Amundsen was part of a rescue team in search for staying warm than heavy woolen parkas, which of missing crew members of a crashed airship that was would not keep out the cold when wet. Amundsen returning from the North Pole. Amundsen’s own plane made note of many important survival lessons that crashed. A three-month search ensued, but the remains would help him greatly on his own future expediof the crew were never found. tions.


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Many of us think of the United Nations as a tall building in New York City, but there’s much more to this organization. In commemoration of United Nations Day on October 24, Tidbits takes a quick look into its beginnings and functions. • The term “United Nations” was first used on New Years’ Day, 1942, when, in the midst of World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt used the title to refer to the representatives of 26 nations who had pledged to continue an alliance to fight the Axis Powers that consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan. • The “United Nations” became the official term for the Allied nations during the war. All countries supporting the Allies signed the United Nations declaration and declared war on the Axis Powers. • The United Nations as we know it didn’t officially come into existence until October 24, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II. Delegates from 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to draw up the organization’s charter. It was ratified that day, and signed the following June by those delegates. Poland, although not represented at the original gathering, signed the charter, bringing the total of original members to 51. Today, there are 193 Member States. • Construction on the U.N. headquarters began in September of 1948, and was completed four years later at a cost of $65 million ($613.2 million in today’s dollars). The land in Manhattan where the building was constructed beside the East River was the previous home of slaughterhouses, tenements, and a pencil factory. • The most well-known goal of the U.N. is, of course, to keep peace throughout the world and develop friendly relations. It attempts to uphold law and order in the world, including providing security to countries where civilians are attacked by rebels or terrorists. ...continued


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• In the area of human rights, the U.N.’s goal is to reduce poverty and hunger, providing $12.5 billion annually in humanitarian aid. Through its World Food Program, it supplies food to 90 million people in 75 countries and assists upwards of 30 million refugees.

• Considering that there are an estimated 3 billion people without basic handwashing facilities, it is the aim of the U.N. to combat disease by providing the facilities and educating in sanitation procedures. Since 785 million people lack safe drinking water, the organization seeks to remedy the situation. The U.N. also vaccinates 58% of the world’s children. DIFFERENCES: 1. Boy's jacket is black. 2. "Down" sign is different. 3. Woman's dress is black. 4. "Sale" sign is added. 5. Windows are missing. 6. Woman's hairstyle is different. © 2019 King Features Synd., All rights reserved.

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• The branch of the United Nations known as UNESCO specializes in promoting education, sciences, and culture. Their goal is education opportunities for all. • UNICEF was created as part of the United Nations in 1946 to provide emergency food and healthcare to the children left devastated by World War II. U.N. member governments contribute 65% of UNICEF’s resources, with the remainder donated by private groups and citizens. “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” was started in 1950 as a fund-raising event that allowed millions of children to collect funds for the organization. Participants from 191 countries carry small orange boxes to the houses they visit on Halloween and donate the proceeds, a program that has raised more than $188 million. • Ongoing U.N. projects include providing affordable, sustainable energy to all, transportation services, reduction of waste, protection of ecosystems and forests, and combating global warming.

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