Rainforests: The Importance Of Rain Forests

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Rainforests The rain forests are incredible places. They only cover 6 % of the world’s surface however they have more than ½ the world’s plant and animals species. A rain forest can be described as tall and thick jungles. There is a reason behind the forest being called a “Rain forest” and it is because the high rainfall it gets per year. On average, 50 to 260 inches of rain falls yearly. The temperature in a rain forest rarely gets higher than 34 ºC or drops below 20 ºC. The average humidity in a rainforest is between 77 to 88%. Rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year. There are 4 layers in a rainforest. Each has some importance in some way to the rainforest. If these 4 layers were not there then a rain forest wouldn’t exist. Here…show more content…
They provide a habitat for plants and animals. Tropical rainforests took between 60 to 100 million years to evolve and are believed to be the most complex and the oldest ecosystem on the earth, containing over 30 million species of plants and animals. That is half the world’s species and 2/3 of its plant species. Most tropical rainforest grown in warm and steamy environments. One hectare of lowland may have around 100 trees with up to 300 species. If we compare this to UK, where the UK forests have 5-10 species per hectare. That’s 30 to 60 times less species in UK than a hectare of…show more content…
Here are the 4 main places where the tropical jungles. Central America: The Central American region was once entirely covered with rainforest, sadly now large areas have been cleared for cattle ranching and for sugar cane plantations. The jungles and mangrove swamps of Central America have many plants and animals found nowhere else. The forest in Central America is famous for it’s large number of tropical birds. Amazon: This is one of the most famous tropical rainforest in the world. Currently, it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. The forest covers the basin of amazon, the world’s second longest river. The Amazon is home to many animals and even some of the plants greats. This rainforest has a great variety of plants and animals. 1/5 of the world’s plants and 1/10 of all mammal species are found there. Africa: Central Africa has the world’s second largest rainforest. In the southeast, in the large island of Madagascar, the land was once intensively forested, but sorrowfully much of it has vanished. The island of Madagascar is home to many unique plants and animals not found anywhere

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