Jungle | KCET
At Africa's heart, there is a vast tropical rainforest -- a tangled Jungle, stretching for five and a half thousand kilometres. To survive here is to grasp what rare opportunities you can. But in this endless, primeval world of plants, all is not as it at first seems. Over the millennia, rains have come and gone, rivers have snaked and weaved, an infinite number of trees has grown and fallen, and grasslands have been swallowed and reborn. The forest is not so permanent after all.
Just as Africa constantly throws-up mountains which intercept moisture-laden clouds from the oceans, so the changing landscape also creates grooves and basins which channel and gather the precious moisture that falls on the high ground. Fresh water, light and warmth are the three fundamental elements that engender life. Rarely in Africa do these three come together, but when they do the continent explodes with life.