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Can you imagine living and working in a rainforest? It's the reality for some scientists, who inhabit laboratories hidden deep in jungles around the world. Research on the Edge – Rainforest Lab is a gripping look at the daily lives of these scientists, and the vital research they carry out in extreme conditions. Discover the difficulties of setting up a rainforest lab and the challenges of supplying equipment and necessities to the workers. Children can read about the conditions scientists live in, from where they sleep to how they get into the rainforest canopy, and some of the dangerous animals and plants they must avoid. Explore how research conducted in rainforests can help with conservation, increase our understanding of climate change, and expand our knowledge of medicines, biodiversity and habitats.
Rainforests: Science At Work In Earth's Wildest Places can reveal untapped resources, and unknown eco-systems. Learn about the incredible technology that enables the scientists to live and work in dangerous conditions and the transport they use to travel around the rainforests. See how they attempt to live with as little impact on their environment as possible. Discover how scientists manage their data, and publish it in journals around the world, and see how their findings can affect the way we do things in our everyday lives. Find out about the international science community – where and why cutting-edge research is carried out, how it is paid for, and who owns the results.
Rainforests: Science At Work In Earth's Wildest Places is ideal for children age 9+, for geography and science projects, or simply as a great leisure read. Rainforests are not the only places where scientists work in extreme conditions. Try reading about the Ocean Lab, the Space Lab and the Polar Lab.
The author, Louise Spilsbury, has written many books for children on a wide range of subjects.