cloud forest

noun

Definition of cloud forest 

: a wet tropical mountain forest at an altitude usually between 3000 and 8000 feet (1000 and 2500 meters) that is characterized by a profusion of epiphytes and the presence of clouds even in the dry season

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In the 1970s, researchers were perplexed by the rapid, unexplained deaths of tree frogs and other amphibians in the cloud forests of Central America. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Solved: the mysterious origin of the world’s most devastating wildlife disease," 10 May 2018 Native to the tropical cloud forests of South America, the angel’s trumpet planet was never a diverse genus, and its populations were never terribly robust, says Julia Dupin. Harrison Takoff, Smithsonian, "Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animal," 2 Apr. 2018 Edwin opened the next cabinet to reveal dozens of Resplendent Quetzal skins gathered in the 1880s from the Chiriquí cloud forests of western Panama, a species now threatened by widespread deforestation and protected by international treaties. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018 In downtown Seattle, Amazon's new office features three glass-and-steel domes, dubbed the Spheres, that cover a cloud forest of more than 40,000 plants. Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "New 'biophilic' buildings use quirky features to bring nature indoors," 8 Mar. 2018 The fact that this species was alive and well in Tapichalaca’s cloud forest in southwest Ecuador galvanized them into action. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ecuador is a bird-watcher’s paradise," 12 Dec. 2017 In other words, the cloud forest is losing its clouds, and that protective blanket of moisture that Monteverde has always relied on is getting ripped to tatters. Katie Quirk, Slate Magazine, "How My Costa Rican Neighbors Jolted Me Out of Climate Activist Apathy," 8 Aug. 2017 That environment is upslope: The new rain frog, which is rare with a limited range in Ecuador's misty cloud forests, lives at least 1,150 feet higher than its relative. Jaime Culebras, National Geographic, "Striking Yellow-Black Rain Frog Found, Is Already Endangered," 5 Apr. 2017 Chytrid tends to be most devastating in cool, moist environments, such as cloud forests, with infection rates particularly bad in Oceana and the Americas. Jonathan Kolby, National Geographic, "How to Rescue These Adorable Tree Frogs," 7 Apr. 2016

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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