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WHAT IS A JUNGLE EXACTLY?

WHAT IS A JUNGLE EXACTLY?

Jungles play an important part of both Soul of the Beast and Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts on jungles from Wikipedia.

jungle is land covered with dense vegetation. Application of the term has varied greatly during the last several centuries…SOB Jungle2

One of the most common meanings of jungle is land overgrown with tangled vegetation at ground level, especially in the tropics. Typically such vegetation is sufficiently-dense to hinder movement by people, requiring that travelers cut their way through. This definition draws a distinction between rainforest and jungle, since the understorey of rainforests is typically open of vegetation due to a lack of sunlight, and hence relatively easy to traverse. Jungles may exist within, or at the borders of, a rainforest in areas where rainforest has been opened through natural disturbance such as hurricanes, or through human activity such as logging. The successional vegetation that springs up following such disturbance of rainforest is dense and impenetrable and is a ‘typical’ jungle. …

Monsoon forests and mangroves are also commonly referred to as jungles of this type. Having a more open canopy than rainforests, monsoon forests typically have dense understoreys with numerous lianas and shrubs making movement difficult, while the prop roots and low canopies of mangroves produce similar difficulties…

SOBjungle3The word “Rainforest” has largely replaced “Jungle” as the descriptor of humid tropical forests… “Rainforest” itself did not appear in English dictionaries prior to the 1970s.[Since then] The word “Jungle… has been steadily replaced by “Rainforest”…

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