A Community in the Air
Much of the world's surface is covered by rainforest. If you are unfamiliar with the rainforest, you may be tempted to compare it to forests you have seen. But really there is no comparison at all.
In a rainforest, the Earth's living surface is covered by a second living habitat some 50 to 150 feet in the air. Here, thousands of species of plants and animals live and breed for generations without ever touching the ground.
The canopy of the rain forest is supported by huge trees that usually have no branches for the first 50 or more feet. They grow so close together and their tops are so dense that sunlight seldom reaches the jungle floor. This canopy can be up to 100 feet thick. While you might expect to find monkeys living in the canopy, you may not expect to find mice, frogs and even earthworms there as well. Here, most of these creatures are born, they live and die without ever touching the ground. The rainforest canopy is truly a second environment for life high above the surface of the Earth!
Unusual environments like the rainforest canopy show us that the creativity of God is unlimited. He can create living things to carry on successful lives in any environment. He can create varied communities that interact and depend upon each other within each unique environment. His creation is truly a wonder!