Panorama: rainforest with giant fig

Title Info
Common name Fig
Scientific name Ficus
Taxonomic group Moraceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Tropical rainforest
Lessons Panoramas
Date August 17, 2009
Location Near Carate,Osa Peninsula,Costa Rica,North America
Panorama of Lowland tropical rainforest with giant fig tree
Related materials: Panoramas;Tropical rainforest
You may want to discuss with your students how this ecosystem type appears to differ from other tropical ecosystems such as tropical dry forests, or savannas, and how it is possible that tropical rainforests on opposite sides of the planet can look so similar while sharing few if any species.

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. Note the sparse understory, as well as the flaring buttress roots on this giant fig tree. The sounds are howler monkeys in the distance and nearby cicadas, plus a few other insects.