Panorama: rainforest treefall gap

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical rainforest
Change over time Disturbance; Succession
Disturbance Other
Lessons Panoramas
Date August 18, 2009
Location Near Carate,Osa Peninsula,Costa Rica,North America
Panorama of Treefall gap in lowland tropical rainforest
Related materials: Panoramas;Tropical rainforest
You may want to discuss with your students how the openings left by tree falls significantly increase the light level of the forest floor, creating opportunities for shade intolerant plants to germinate and for shade tolerant plants to finally start growing quickly.

Panorama Viewing: Click the "View Panorama" button to see an interactive panorama. Click and drag your mouse in any direction to view other parts of the scene; press the Shift key to zoom in to see details and press Ctrl to zoom out.
We recommend using the Deval VR viewer for seeing panoramas that do NOT have sound and the QuickTime viewer for panoramas WITH sound.

This primary lowland rainforest receives about 20-30 ft (6-9 m) of rain per year. Some years before this panorama was taken, a large tree fell (as seen here), which created an opening in the forest canopy overhead.