TITLE

A crane's eye view of tropical forests

AUTHOR(S)
Joyce, Christopher
PUB. DATE
September 1991
SOURCE
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p40
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article investigates how the tropical forests of Panama are being studied with the use of a crane. Formally known as the Forest Canopy Access System, the crane is the first such mechanism to serve as laboratory equipment for tropical biologists. Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama had the idea of using a crane to get into the treetops, in 1990. With $40,000 from the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, they rented a crane and hauled it down a dirt road to a clearing in Metropolitan Park, a secondary dry forest about 70 years old near Panama City. Biologists have been riding up and down by crane ever since.
ACCESSION #
9110143461

 

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