What is a JUNGLE?
30 Nov 06
Jungle refers usually to a dense forest in a hot climate. Using this word to refer to a dense forest in a hot climate is nowadays considered colonialist, and such a forest should be called a rainforest even when the use of the latter term is scientifically inaccurate. It originated from Persian word jangal. After the conquest of the Indian subcontinent by Persia's Nader Shah, Persian words found their way into local languages. Thus, the Persian word 'jangal' started being used by Indians. With the passage of time many languages of Indian subcontinent, including Indian English began using 'jungle' to refer to any wild, untended or uncultivated land, including forest, scrub, or desert landscapes. Sometimes an urban environment can be called a jungle, as "concrete jungle". The term may still be used in a technical context to describe the forest biome rainforest, a forest characterised by extensive biodiversity and densely tangled plants such as trees, vines, grasses, and also various roses. As a forest biome, "jungles" are present in both equatorial and tropical climatic zones, and are associated with preclimax stages of the rainforest. from http://www.wikipedia.org greetings. : )