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We visited the rainforest in Costa Rica.
  a forest with heavy annual rainfall — perhaps in the order of 100 inches per year
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A rainforest is a forested biome with high annual rainfall due to the intertropical convergence zone. Some cite a minimum normal annual rainfall of 2500 mm (about 100 inches or 250 centimeters), with normal rainfall at least 60 mm during each of the twelve months of the year. Others set the minimum annual rainfall barrier as low as 1700 mm (about 67 inches). The soil can be poor because high rainfall tends to leach out soluble nutrients.  (retrieved 6/08)
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  • We visited the rainforest in Costa Rica.
  • It’s one of those rain-forest showers where the water pours on you straight from above in a long, heavy stream.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • I know what brings me peace, and it isn’t sandy beaches or chirping birds in rain forests.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • A real and genuine laugh, a sound about as expected as a car alarm in a rain forest.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • You could hide in the rain forest for years.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Feels like a tropical rain forest now.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Then, wearing only my undershorts, and streaked head to foot with mud like one of those lost guys from the Amazon rainforest, I went in to break the news to Mom.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • I was born in a place humans call central Africa, in a dense rain forest so beautiful, no crayons could ever do it justice.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • …toward the pillboxes stops and turns and reaches an arm down for the soldier behind him; while, with his cheekbone pressed to a granite paver at Fort National, Etienne LeBlanc decides that if he and Marie-Laure live through this, whatever happens, he will let her pick a place on the equator and they will go, book a ticket, ride a ship, fly an airplane, until they stand together in a rain forest surrounded by flowers they’ve never smelled, listening to birds they’ve never heard.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Her subservience to her father, for example, was complete, as complete as in any neopaleolithic pigmy culture of the rain forest, demanding utter fealty from the helpless offspring.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • To the north, the hills and rainforests of Lynn Canyon Park snaked between the subdivisions of North Vancouver until they gave way to the wilderness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Door number two led to the Garden Room, which was like a lush, overgrown rainforest, but with tables, chairs, and waiters.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Whole rain forests had been consumed, reduced from millions of interlocking species to a bunch of cows eating grass, a vast web of life traded for cheap hamburgers.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Clearing a rain forest to plant annuals is like stripping an animal first of its fur, then its skin.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The living room looked like it had been swallowed by a rain forest.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • In the South American rain forest, there is a tribe called the Desana, who see the world as a fixed quantity of energy that flows between all creatures.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Primary ecology is deciduous rain forest.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • She read a story once about a middle-aged Turkish man who had suddenly slipped into a deep depression when the twin brother he never knew existed had suffered a fatal heart attack while on a canoe excursion in the Amazon rain forest.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • In the darkness there was that weird tribal music, which seemed to come from the earth itself, from the deep rain forest, and a woman’s voice rising up in a language beyond translation.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • For example, right now I would appear to be alone in the middle of a rain forest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • When this is over, Alex promised silently, we will go to the rain forest, or the pyramids, or a beach as white as bone.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • But the smoke goes out of the chimney and into the air and sometimes I look up into the sky and I think that there are molecules ofMother up there, or in clouds over Africa or the Antarctic, or coming down as rain in the rain forests in Brazil, or in snow somewhere.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Technically a rain forest, the Jungle is housed in a towering greenhouse, complete with soaring rubber trees, strangler figs, and a canopy catwalk for more daring tourists.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The people, fresh from the rain forests and death squads and endless slums, did not mind it so much.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • We ain’t out of the rain forest yet, Padre.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Also stacked would be books by the thousand, for there would be a study, vast and gloomy, richly crammed with the trophies of a lifetime’s travel and thought—rare rain forest herbs, poisoned arrows, failed electrical inventions, soapstone figurines, shrunken skulls, aboriginal art.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It was, he decided, jungle of semi-rainforest type, not dense enough to require chopping one’s way.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • The Mirage — with its five-story volcano, its shark tank, dolphin tank, indoor rain forest, Lagoon Saloon, DKNY boutique, and Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy — is a fine place for the surreal.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • On television I can see animals in the rain forest or the desert.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • But there were no breaks in the ongoing rain forest.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • If you take an acre of rain forest or a cubic mile of ocean or a square block of Compton and strain out all the nonliving stuff-dirt and water-you get the biomass.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • They were trunks of rain-forest trees turned to stone—teaks, podo trees, evergreens.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Huge tropical rain-forests sprawled everywhere.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • That’s why we’re all at camp in the middle of a flipping rain forest," he said, gesturing outside.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Like the time I wouldn’t go to church with Grandm"re because I refused to pray to a god who would allow rain forests to be destroyed in order to make grazing room for cows who would later become Quarter Pounders for the ignorant masses who worship that symbol of all that is evil, Ronald McDonald.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • And so it was that the schooner Sweet Judy sailed though a rain forest, with Captain Roberts, inspired to instant creativity, making up a new verse explicably missing from the original hymn: "Oh Thou who built’st the mountains high, To be the pillars of the sky—" He wasn’t totally certain about built’st, but bidd’st was apparently acceptable—"Who gave the mighty forests birth"—branches cracked like gunshots under the keel, thick vines snatched at what remained of the masts— "And made a…
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • The rain forest turned scraggly.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Rather different from the vegetation on the mainland, which is more classical rain forest.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • As the sun came up, the mountain turned silvery green, the color of the Mount Elgon rain forest, and as the day progressed clouds appeared and hid the mountain from view.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Day 82 After a week on the trail-what trail?-after a week in the trackless, yellow rain forest, after a week of exhausting climb up the ever steeper shoulder of the.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The stream gurgled out of the rain forest, and it was a strange color, milky with volcanic dust.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • On the plains, it is easy for elephants to find salt in hardpans and dry water holes, but in the rain forest salt is a precious thing.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The cave is a petrified rain forest.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • An eruption of Mount Elgon about seven million years ago had buried the rain forest in ash, and the logs had been transformed into opal and chert.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Monet and his friend wandered through the cave, shining their lights on the petrified rain forest.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • A hot virus from the rain forest lives within a twenty-four-hour plane flight from every city on earth.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The Ebola River empties tracts of rain forest, winding past scattered villages.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • They are large, wild animals from the rain forest.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Whatever the original host of the virus, it seems that a blood-to-blood contact in the rain forest enabled the virus to move into the human world.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • In its own evolution through unknown hosts and hidden pathways in the rain forest, Ebola seems to have developed the worst elements of all the above viruses.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
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