• Tropical Rainforest - a forest of tall trees in a region of
• Tropical - very hot and often combined with a high
degree of humidity
• Rainforest - a thick evergreen forest found in areas of
• Humidity - amount of moisture in the air
• Giant bamboo plants can grow up to 9 inches a day
• The trees of a tropical rainforest are so densely packed that rain falling
on the canopy can take as long as 10 minutes to reach the ground.
• Some rainforest monkeys are omnivores, eating both animals and
• More than 2,000 different species of butterflies are found in the
rainforests of South America.
• The forests of Central Africa are home to more than 8,000 different
species of plants.
• Flying animals of Asian rainforests include frogs, squirrels and snakes.
• 80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found
anywhere else in the world.
• Bats are essential for the pollination of many tropical foodstuffs such as
bananas and mangoes.
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• Climate : very humid because of all the rainfall, which
amounts to about 250 cm per year
• Temperature : rarely gets higher than 93 °F (34 °C) or
drops below 68 °F (20 °C)
• Humidity : between 77 and 88%
• Amount of rainfall : often more than 100 inches a year
• An average of 50 to 260 inches (125 to 660 cm.) of rain
• Rain forests belong to the tropical wet climate group.
• Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface.
• Scientists estimate that more than half of all the world's
plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests.
• Tropical rainforests produce 40% of Earth's oxygen.
More about Rainforest..
• Emergent trees - spaced wide apart, and are 100 to 240 feet
tall with umbrella-shaped canopies that grow above the forest
• Upper Canopy - 60 to 130 foot trees allows light to be easily
available at the top of this layer; it is where most of the
rainforest animals live
• Understory - consists of 60 foot trees and is made up of the
trunks of canopy trees, shrubs, plants and small trees; has little
• Forest Floor - completely shaded, except where a canopy tree
has fallen and created an opening; receive so little light that
few bushes or herbs can grow
Layers of the Rainforest
• An area of a rainforest the size of a football field is being
destroyed each second.
• About 2,000 trees per minute are cut down in the
• Worldwide, only 20 percent of the original tropical
forests is left. Main reasons are the commercial logging
and the cutting of trees by local people, who need plots
for agriculture activities.
• As many as 30 million species of plants and animals live in
• Rainforests are the source of many items that we all use in our
• We eat several foods from the rainforest and many medicines
are made from ingredients found only in these areas.
• Some of the common products we know of include: