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cloud forest

noun
1.
a tropical high-altitude forest at 3000 to 8000 feet (1000 to 2500 meters) above sea level, almost constantly covered by cloud.
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  • Also, local farmers and ranchers clear cloud forest to expand their operations and harvest firewood.
  • Maderas has a protected cloud forest reserve, as the volcano is nearly always covered with thick clouds.
  • For a slower pace, hike through the cloud forest reserve up to the canopy platforms for a spectacular view.
  • Among the trees of the cloud forest are a variety of rare birds, as well as green vervet monkeys.
  • In higher reaches, an intermittent cloud forest provokes an eerie ambience.
  • In fact, its cloud forest habitat is being rapidly cleared for agriculture and other development.
  • Twelve acres of the cloud forest were restored during the construction of this boutique property.
  • The major threat to this species is loss of its cloud forest habitat.
  • As temperatures rise, so do the clouds, which means the cloud forest ecosystem will be dramatically changed.
  • Examine a tropical montane cloud forest via this immersive video experience.
cloud forest in Science
cloud forest  
A tropical forest, often near peaks of coastal mountains, that usually has constant cloud cover throughout the year.
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Encyclopedia Article for cloud forest

vegetation of tropical mountainous regions in which the rainfall is often heavy and persistent condensation occurs because of cooling of moisture-laden air currents deflected upward by the mountains. The trees in a cloud forest are typically short and crooked. Mosses, climbing ferns, lichens, and epiphytes (air plants, such as orchids) form thick blankets on the trunks and branches of the trees. Begonias, ferns, and many other herbaceous plants may grow to exceptionally large size in clearings. A forest of extremely stunted, moss-covered trees that occurs in tropical or temperate mountainous regions is sometimes known as an elfin woodland.

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