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A Home Away from Home: Tropical Biology

You can read articles, textbooks, and research. You can watch video clips or television programs, or see pictures posted in literature or through media. However, nothing can prepare you for…

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Fond Memories of Tropical Biology

What can I say about my experience with JCC’s Tropical Biology class? It was amazing and far exceeded my expectations! The class was fast paced and filled with fascinating information….

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Tropical Biology: Zoology

Animals of Costa Rica With over 800 species of bird, 35,000 species of insect, and 200 species of mammal in an area comparable to the state of West Virginia, Costa…

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Tropical Biology: Montane Cloud Forests

What is a tropical montane cloud forest? Montane cloud forests are a relatively rare type of rainforest, occurring on high mountains in the tropics, generally between 2,000 and 3,500 meters….

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Tropical Biology: Ethnobotany

What is Ethnobotany? Ethnobotany is the study of plants and how native cultures use plants or trees for nutritional/medicinal needs, shelter, and other useful methods of living. There are thousands of…

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Tropical Biology: Red Mangrove and Tropical Coral Reefs

Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) The red mangrove has an extensive range, and is found in estuaries and lagoons along the west coast of Africa, on the other side of the…

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Tropical Biology: Societies of Costa Rica and Panama

Costa Rica is an amazing place, whether looking at the extraordinary biodiversity or the remarkable efforts made by the people and government there to protect the amazing flora and fauna….

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Tropical Biology: Geography

Geography of Costa Rica Geography  The Republic of Costa Rica is a unique country, both geographically and climatically.  This is due to its mountain ranges and location near the equator….

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Tropical Biology: Conservation

The tropical rainforest is home to more than 50 percent of life on Earth. The rainforests help maintain climate by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. They also play a…

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Tropical Biology: Botany

The Costa Rican rainforest is home to a large number of plants. The density of plant species in this region is much higher than that of our temperate, deciduous region. When walking…