Which Came First – The Rain or the Rainforest?

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REFERENCES
Boyce, C.K. et al. 2010. Angiosperms Helped Put the Rain in the Rainforests: The Impact of Plant Physiological Evolution on Tropical Biodiversity.

Boyce, C.K. and Lee, J.-E. 2010. An exceptional role for flowering plant physiology in the expansion of tropical rainforests and biodiversity.

Lee, J.‐E., and Boyce, C.K. 2010. Impact of the hydraulic capacity of plants on water and carbon fluxes in tropical South America.

Lewis, S.L. et al. 2011. The 2010 Amazon Drought.

Malhi, Y. et al. 2008. Climate Change, Deforestation, and the Fate of the Amazon.

Marengo, J.A. et al. 2008. The Drought of Amazonia in 2005.

Nepstad, D. et al. 1999. Large-scale impoverishment of Amazonian forests by logging and fire.

Nepstad, D. et al. 2001. Road paving, fire regime feedbacks, and the future of Amazon forests.

Nickl, et al. 2010. Changes in Annual Land-Surface Precipitation Over the Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Century.

IMAGE SOURCES
Land Surface Temperature
Image by: Reto Stockli, NASA’s Earth Observatory Team

Deforestation
Image by: The Earth Observatory, NASA

Amazon Droughts and Forest Fires
Image by: The Earth Observatory, NASA