scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 803
Costa Rica has two major forest types that currently cover almost half of the countries life zones tropical moist and tropical wet Originally Costa Rica was covered by a 998 natural forest and by 1977 was reduced to just 31 Most of this deforestation had occurred since the 1950s Hartshorn et al1982 A study done by the Center on Sustainable Development CIEDES1998 indicates the rate of deforestation between 1986 and 97 had declined to an average of just 1 a year Sanchez-Azofeifa et al 2000 A tropical moist forest mainly consists of evergreens and canopy trees 40 - 50 meters tall with mostly wide crowns These trees are generally branch less for the first 25-35 meters The sub canopy trees such as palms trees grow to about 30 meters and are abundant except in lower cooler areas The under story trees range from 8-20 meters tall and often have long drip tip type leaves The shrub layer mostly consists of dwarf palms and broad leafed herbs The ground layer is mostly bare with scattered ferns with some woody lianas and epephyes Hartshorn et al 1982 The tropical wet forest contains the most forms of life species in Costa Rica There are two major wet forests in Costa Rica on the northeast and one in the southwest This type of forest is mainly tall multistatial evergreens The canopy trees in these regions are 45-55 meters tall and with a round umbrella-shaped crowns Hartshorn et al1982 These trees also are brachless the first 30 meters up The sub canopy trees are generally 30-40 meters tall with round canopies and slender trunks The twisted and crooked trees of the under canopy are 10 -25 meters tall with conical crowns The shrub layer is mostly dwarf palms and some broad leaved herbs ranging from 15-25 meters tall Hartshorn et al 1982 At the time of the Spanish Conquests Arch Bishop Thiel estimated that there were about 27000
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA