Jungle and Forest
I'm a tour guide in the Sierra Madre in Mexico. I've been told that
a jungle and a tropical semi-deciduous forest are not the same, but
I can't find why. From what I've read, jungle is only a term to
describe some dense forest.
Is a tropical semi-deciduous forest a jungle? Why?
The following would suggest that the general term "jungle" is
specifically used for "tropical rainforests," but not for
tropical deciduous forests, simply because the word "jungle"
implies dense, heavily vegetated forest all of the time. A
tropical, deciduous forest might appear to be a jungle at leaf
out until leaf fall.
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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