To Australians, rainforests of all categories have one obvious thing in common: they are not eucalypt forests! Contrasted with the eucalypt forest, the rainforest appears quite foreign and exotic, with dense green foliage, an unsurpassed richness of plant and animal life, stunning vignettes of moss, ferns, and fungi among gnarled and twisted roots. The softness underfoot, drifting mist, dim light, and stillness give the rainforest a character all its own. In Australian Rainforests, the Mantis Wildlife Film team take you on a journey into nature's richest garden: lush and precious tropical and sub-tropical rainforests. Spectacular photography exposes the magnificent diversity of the rainforest, from the damp leaf-litter of the forest floor to the panoramic heights of the tree canopy. In between lurk a thousand life forms, each with its own part to play in this delicate habitat. This book will help readers to see and understand more about these precious natural resources.
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